This is one of the better examples of an old turn of the century Washburn parlor! Solid spruce and rosewood with a mahogany neck and an ebony flat fretboard. The rope binding and rosette are in magnificent shape! The action reads at 7/64 on the bass and 3/32 on the treble at the 12th fret, plays and frets very smoothly. The Grover tuners are not original but in wonderful working order. The top does have play wear (pictured) specifically where a pickguard would usually sit. This thing is a tone monster, the age and the bone bridge pins certainly contribute to that. The 1 3/4″ neck has a pronounced “V” profile, great for fingerpicking! We think this instrument had an early over spray, it was certainly not recent and was done very well. It does come with a new hard shell case.
Some history on the Washburn company found online
“George Washburn” was George Washburn Lyon – Washburn was his middle name. He was not a guitar maker – he was a businessman. His partner, P.J. Healy, was the guitar maker. The Lyon & Healy Company was the Chicago branch of the Oliver Ditson Company – a very large sheet music distributing company. They did found the L&H company in 1864, but the company didn’t start manufacturing guitars until 1888.”