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Specs on the say it's all-solid-woods, carved spruce top, maple back/sides.
Country of origin is People's Republic of China, I believe.
Either the first 2 digits, or the first digit, are typically used to identify the year of manufacture.
For example, 8901827 indicate the instrument was made in 1989, 1988, or 1998.
Washburn tried hard to disguise the origin of each instrument, so the labels don't give any info on the country of origin -- you have to piece that together from the serial number.
I have a 1989 M3-SW, which may have been made in Japan or in Korea but either way is a really nice instrument, good workmanship, properly carved top, good playability and good tone (at least after I upgraded the stock bridge to a Cumberland Acoustics one).
At the cheaper end they were average plywood instruments, but the better quality guitars, mandolins and banjos were rather good, especially the mandolins and banjos, made from good quality timbers and well put together. Mine reads, "7110032." If that's correct, my mando was built in October, 1971.
Anyone have any background on this 42-year old lady--country of origin, woods, etc.
It plays fine, though could use a tune up...anyone know a good person for this in Northern Virginia/DC area? says about serial numbers: How can I date/identify my Washburn instrument?
I know it's based off the old Lyon & Healy mandolins atleast aesthetically but I would say it sounds like a pretty good reproduction of one when compared to the videos on Youtube Wow.
I don't want this to come across the wrong way at all.