9-Digit Serial Numbers From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that pinpoints when work began on that guitar, along with its series and production position.See the explanation for serial number 980311301 below: 980311301 First two digits indicate the year - 98 (1998) 980311301 3rd & 4th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March) 980311301 5th & 6th digit indicate the day - 11 (the 11th) 980311301 7th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 through Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for a T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for Solid Body Series. 980311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence.Lyon & Healy began in 1864 as a partnership of businessmen George W. Healy, acting as the Chicago outlet for Boston sheet music publisher Oliver Ditson and Company.By 1865, Lyon & Healy had expanded into reed organs and some small instruments.It was Beckmen Music that resurrected the Washburn name, and beginning in 1974 applied it to a series of quality imported acoustic guitars, made in Japan by Terada, as well as a selection of mandolins and banjos.
Their 1892 catalog claimed to manufacture 100,000 instruments annually. By the 1920s, Lyon & Healy faced growing competition from other instrument manufacturers as well as from the rise of other forms of entertainment, particularly film and the gramophone. Stewart Company to purchase and operate the massive factory, but this transition proved problematic and Stewart went bankrupt in 1930.
As well, they built instruments for other retailers and distributors under various house brands, and outsourced construction of some models.
In 1912, Washburn introduced the Lakeside Jumbo guitar, which some consider the first dreadnought-sized guitar.
Schlacher bought out Johnstone in 1987, and changed the company name to Washburn International.
A stateside manufacturing operation was opened in 1991 for higher-end, short-run, and one-off instruments, as well as development and prototyping.
4-Digit Serial Numbers When the 410 was introduced in 1991 it was given a unique serial numbering.