Antique Washburn Parlor Guitar 1897 Style
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-12-12)
Price : US $280.00
This is a Washburn Parlor, 1897 model, 'New Style', serial number 211 120215. The back and sides are Brazilian Rosewood and the top is new sitka spruce with x-bracing to replace the old ladder braces. This much improved the tone and the structural integrity of the guitar. It has over $1000 in restoring. It books for $2500 to $3800 in Vintage Guitar Price Guide. However the components of the guitar more resemble the 1915 model which books for $2000 to $2500. I have placed a very reasonable reserve on this item. I know I will never retrieve the money I have in this but I don't want to give it away either. Hope you understand.
It is a real piece of guitar history and a very desirable collector's piece. Amd it sounds very good as well.
The action is high at the 12th fret and is a bit more difficult to play on the higher frets but on the lower frets it plays well and sounds very nice thanks to the rosewood. It has had a number of cracks that have all been professionally repaired including the headpiece which had a crack that did not go all the way through. The guitar is now very stable and should last another 100 years. There was a piece of the brazilian rosewood missing out of the back that has been replaced with Indian rosewood (see pics). It has a new laquer finish but its 100 year old age still shows as it is not wise to sand a guitar this old very much. They start out life with a pretty thin skin. The guitar could use a neck reset or a new thicker fingerboard in order to make it play more easily. Thats all I can think of. I hope I covered everything. Please do not bid on this if yo
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-12-12)
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Clifford J. Lueck said...
A correction: The Washburn 211 was made from 1896 - 1905. Not 1986. The round label inside is also a factor in that the round label was used from 1896-1905.
Clifford J. Lueck said...
I recently acquired a George Washburn Style 211 stamped on the end of the heasdstock. Inside is branded "1897 style. George Washburn. New Model." The label is in tact and reads "The material and workmanship of this Washburn Instrument No. 168408 fully guaranteed for the term of one year from the date of original purchase provided this label is not mutliated" The label serial number is habd written in ink. The serial number is stamped on the inside neck block and at the end of the headstock. It has brazilian back and sides, spruce top, a veneer of brazilian rosewood on the headstock, mahogany v-neck, mother of pearl dots at 5th, 7th and 9th frets, top is bound in white/red/green, the back has wood marquerty dividing the middle. It needs a neck re-set, a bridge replacement, and some attention to the top. Overall length: 95,4cm Scale length: 62.6cm Body Length 47.3cm Body width: Upper bout 24.1cm Waste 19.4cm Lowere bout 33.3cm Body depth: Increasing from 8.3 to p.4cm. According to "Washburn Prewar guitar Styles" the 211 was made from 1986 - 1905.