Washburn Vintage "1897" Model Parlor Guitar c. 1901
George Lyon and Patrick Healy began making Washburn guitars in 1864 based on Lyon's middle name. Their "New Model" arrived in 1886 and its "1897 Style" was then made from 1897 to1905. This very lovely example of the "1897" model dates from about 1901 and features a Spruce top and Brazilian Rosewood sides and back, Cedar neck, Ebony fingerboard with decorative pearl inlays, white celluloid body and neck bindings, herringbone style purling near the edges and around the rosette and a herringbone marquetry back divider. This instrument is in very good "vintage" condition with a straight neck and comfortable action. There are a few well repaired top and back cracks and an expected amount of marks and dings from a century of use, but it looks good and plays very well. The instrument appears all original with the exception of the bridge and frets which have been expertly replaced by renowned luthier Lyn Hardy of Woodstock, NY The tone is sweet and clear and quite resonant for a small guitar -just what you would expect of a great old Washburn.
Comes with black hard case.