Washburn History

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The History of Washburn Guitars

Washburn Guitars' legacy of world-renowned excellence in acoustic instruments changed the course of contemporary guitar building with the introduction of the Lakeside Jumbo by Lyon and Healy in 1912. Essentially the first dreadnought shaped guitar, it was the only instrument of its kind until competitors followed Washburn's lead 4 years later. Featuring steel strings, the Lakeside Jumbo measured 16 1/4" wide by 5 1/4" deep by 20 1/2" in length. Public demand for experimental steel stringed instruments was not very high in 1912, but after the Lakeside Jumbo caught on it cemented Washburn's place as the forerunner in acoustic innovation that we are still known for today.

As a tribute to our heritage and the heritage of American acoustic music, Washburn is bringing recreations of its early 20th century acoustics back. On the occasion of our 130th anniversary we are proud to be reintroducing the Lakeside Jumbo as well as the model 5249 "Solo" acoustic guitars to the 2013 Washburn lineup. Using modern materials and techniques we continue to improve upon our highly regarded instruments of the past as we look to bold new designs in a bright future.

Since our beginning in 1883, Washburn continues to build upon our foundation of high quality craftsmanship down to the very last detail. Our acoustics embody thoughtful details like easy playability, touch sensitive feel, and inspiring tone in every guitar.

About Your Washburn Guitar

If you own a Washburn guitar, current or discontinued*, and are looking for information on it, you can simply check here for all of the specs and key information. We currently have listings going back to 1990. The 1980's are currently being archived.

This archive is very simple to use. If you look at the serial number on your guitar, in the sound hole of the acoustic or on the back of the headstock on electrics, you will see that in most cases** the first two numbers of the serial number are the year of manufacture. For example, if your guitar's serial number is 94000000, your guitar was made in 1994.

You can look up the 1994 page, and locate your model number. All of the specs and information such as materials used, list price, scale length, nut width and finish are included.

Archive pages are presented in Adobe Acrobat format. If you don't have the Acrobat Reader program on your computer, go to the Adobe Website now and get it. It's free!

Year of Manufacture:





1996 1995 1994 1993
1992 1991 1990 1989

*Some information was not available for some models. Limited Edition guitars are not listed in the Guitar Archive.

**Some serial numbers have been printed with just a single number to identify the year. If your guitar begins with 240000, it most likely is a 1982 or 1992 model.