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At 8:24am on April 7, 2020, Paul Breen said…

Hi John, what are you hoping to find out?


At 8:36am on April 7, 2020, j somerville said…

Thanks Paul, it's a Washburn 1897 New Model, round white label, model 233, 

Serial number is  233348, it has 3 inlays, none round,  so a bit fancier model.   I wondered what year it might be from, if there's another place besides that book where I might look online for info about it.   Happy to share a couple pictures with any one who wants them.  I only have the one Washburn, so won't buy the book, I do have Hans' book on Guilds. 

At 8:37am on April 7, 2020, j somerville said…

thanks for replying, and thanks for any info you might have.  I heard somewhere that the final digit is meaningful, re if it's a 'top of the line' guitar or no..   

At 9:55am on April 7, 2020, Paul Breen said…

John, The round White label gives it a date range of 1896 - 1905. The serial numbers in my book are sketchy and give a range of: 1897 - low 120,000 to: 1905 - 275,000 but that the White oval label also begins to appear around serial #235,000.

The stamps in the back center strip gives some clues as well. The 1897 STYLE stamp narrows the date range one year to 1897 - 1905. If it had said 1896 STLYE, it would have been a 96. I think that 1903/4 is likely the best guess for your guitar.

Best as I can tell from my book, the the first digit of the model is body size and the following two are model appointments. Yours is somewhere down the line. The book depicts a Style 288 dripping with inlay, fancy bridge, purfling, ect. An early 1890's, style 108 example does not follow this convention and is pictured with plenty of bling. I have to  assume that the first digit body size and following two digits for attributes, begins with the White round label in 1896.

Hope this helps,


At 11:05am on April 7, 2020, j somerville said…

Thank you Paul, for some reason I thought 1907, and someone asked me how I knew, which got me looking.  It's a nice little guitar, sounds great, soft, but sweet. Since I have had it I had had the neck reset and had some cracks fixed, so it's in good shape now.  My main interest is in Guilds, but I did want to try an old parlor guitar at one point, so this is it, it's been a good once in a while guitar..      

If there's a favor I can do back for you, let me know, cheers, John 

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