Washburn "New Model 1897" Parlor Guitar (ca.1898)

  • Very Good + Condition
  • Year: 1898
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 166663


This Beautiful Washburn "New Model 1897" makes an amazing players or collectors piece. This instrument has an interesting history. The original owner, Frank B. Perry custom ordered this in about 1898. The inlays around the sound hole, the bridge and fingerboard are custom orders and not from the catalog. With our research, we were able to find other examples of the stock catalog order that confirms that this was indeed a custom request. Not only does this guitar look pretty, it has a beautiful balanced tone between rich and bright. The guitar is currently set up with Nylon classical guitar strings as this was not built to handle the tension of steel strings. Even considering this, it has a gorgeous sound. Constructed with a nice spruce top with multi ply marquetry binding, with a very fine dark Brazilian Rosewood back. Overall, this guitar is well maintained, and currently is structurally sound. Well cleated top cracks are present, notably behind the bridge as well as between the bridge to the sound hole. Two notable cracks present on its back (bass side lower bout) and near the center strap. Original Durkee Bridge present, having been reglued in its past, with a newer saddle (about 5/64" visible above the slot). The neck angle is good, and this plays well with low action that measures 6/64" in height at the twelfth fret (currently strung with nylon strings). Standard V profile, typical for this era, is overall very clean with some dings present (see photos). This was likely upgraded in a custom order from Perry - with nicer than standard inlay work present in the ebony board. A nice stamped nickel plaque is present on the tip of the peg head. The binding has been repaired throughout along the neck, with some replaced pieces. Upper Bout measures in at 8 3/4 inches Lower Bout measures in at 12 1/4 inches Body Length measures in at 18 inches 24 inch scale length Nut Width measures in at 1 3/4 inches Includes era correct coffin case.


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