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Brad Weiss
Sep-30-2006, 4:43pm
I played a very nice bowlback today - Washburn Model 235, Serial # A-4603 - and I'm wondering where I can find a bit more info about it. #Very nicely restored, label all in one piece, and a straight little neck. #Just curious (unless I cave in and spring for it!)

thanks

Jim Garber
Sep-30-2006, 7:05pm
Here is the page for the No. 235 from my 1912 Lyon & Healy catalog. This was in the mid to upper range of their Washburns. You can see the specs on this scan.

Jim

Brad Weiss
Oct-01-2006, 9:52am
Yep, that's it. Any idea of how to date it w/ the serial #? And anywhere to check comparable values?

Jim Garber
Oct-01-2006, 11:30am
I would say, off the top of my head that it is circa 1912, according to my catalog. Wider range prob is 1905-1912. I doubt anyoe is keeing a list of serial numbers on these, tho Cafe member Hubert P (keef) has a list of ones from later carved models.

Value? You can see Washburns on eBay and they could sell anywhere from $200-500. If this is in pristine shape and needs no further work to make it playable, then it might be worth more. The hidden cost of eBay "finds" is often the extra luthier work they need. And they almost always need something.

How much is the seller asking for this one?

Jim

Brad Weiss
Oct-01-2006, 12:54pm
They're asking $550 , and it's been gone over pretty nicely by a solid luthier. The neck was in fine shape, no buzzing- the bridge had been moved, leaving a scuff where it had been originally, but hardly a big deal. #It had a very pleasant tone, nice sustain.

I doubt I'm interested- but it was fun to think about...

brunello97
Oct-01-2006, 1:22pm
Brad,

That is a pretty dear price, in my opinion. It is nice to see Washburns being appreciated more, but it seems a few years out before the market escalates to that point. Still, if it sounds good and is solid and you have the $$......

I have a L+H model which is identical to the Washburn 235. I got if for around $60 on ebay last winter. It needed quite a bit of work to get playable, none of which I am as capable as I am sure the luthier who repaired the one you speak of is.

The L+H/Wahburns I have played vary widely in sound quality, though the craft appears consistantly good. I have a Washburn 225 that sounds quite good and I enjoy playing. If the 235 sounds and plays well, why not make an offer? I have a hunch Washburns will turn out to be a pretty good investment over the next 10 years or so.

Mick

brunello97
Oct-02-2006, 7:46am
Tell me, What'd I Say?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....IT&rd=1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=016&item=260037281420&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)

Mick

keef
Oct-03-2006, 6:58am
I do have a serial number list of close to 2,000 prewar Washburns (guitars, mandos, banjos and ukes). In view of its serial # your 235 will likely look slightly different than in the posted picture, with a pearl ring around the soundhole and different body perimeter marquetry inlays - let me know if this is correct.

If yes, then you have an earlier version of the 235 that dates back to 1905-1910.

Eugene
Oct-03-2006, 7:09am
Tell me, What'd I Say?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....IT&rd=1 (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=016&item=260037281420&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1)

Mick
That's just out of line for the entry-level piece listed on eBay; I'd say no better than the $200s on a good day for it. A style 235 is a much nicer instrument.

Brad Weiss
Oct-03-2006, 7:24am
I do have a serial number list of close to 2,000 prewar Washburns (guitars, mandos, banjos and ukes). In view of its serial # your 235 will likely look slightly different than in the posted picture, with a pearl ring around the soundhole and different body perimeter marquetry inlays - let me know if this is correct.

If yes, then you have an earlier version of the 235 that dates back to 1905-1910.
Well, I don't actually HAVE the instrument, so I can't check these features- but I got the serial # right... I am not interested in buying it, I must say- but if anyone is, it's available at a very reputable shop in Durham NC (pm for more info, if you really are interested) NFI. They were certainly willing to entertain offers- the piece is on consignment.