A classic 12-fretter from the days when Washburn meant a high quality hand-built American guitar. Spruce top, and Honduras mahogany back and sides.
This guitar was fully restored in the early 1970s by the legendary Keith Johns of Brighton, and purchased by Chris Newman, who used it on his first solo recordings. I bought it around 1983, and it's been regularly played - but never gigged - since then.
The Washburn logo on the headstock is not original, but was inlaid by Keith Johns, who also replaced the original bridge with a 'flat-topped pyramid' bridge in the style used by Washburn around the turn of the century. I'm not sure, but assume, that he also replaced the fingerboard and refinished the guitar at that time. There is also a replacement strip of wood in the top from bridge to endblock about 3/8" wide which would have been done then or possibly earlier. Although visible this is an excellent repair which blends in well. There have been no repairs to the guitar (and none needed) whilst owned by me.
This is a wonderful playing instrument - in remarkable condition for its age, and the restoration work is sympathetic and to a very high standard. The neck is dead straight, and the action remarkably low, without any rattles. This has all the characterisics of a 12-fretter - very loud, bright and clear trebles, especially up the dusty end of the fingerboard, and clear and crisp bass.
Width at nut: 1 7/8"
Depth of neck at nut approx. 1"
String spacing at bridge: 2 3/8"
Scale length: 24.5"
6th string at octave (top of fret to underside of string) .105"
1st string at octave (top of fret to underside of string) .080"
Comes complete with a green Calton case - the Rolls Royce of acoustic guitar cases.
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