In the early 1960s, retail store The Chicago Guitar Gallery hired Rudolf "Rudy" Schlacher, a young German violin builder, as a repair technician.A few years later, Schlacher opened The Sound Post (in Evanston, Illinois) to focus on guitars.Patrick Healy then led the company into a period of major expansion, beginning with a larger new factory and improved mass-production techniques, and soon dominated the domestic market.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.With assistance from Ikutaro Kakehashi (founder of Roland Corporation), Schlacher was able to find instrument factories in Japan that could meet the desired standards.Fretted Industries acquired other lines as well, such as Oscar Schmidt autoharps.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.
Regal was chosen to reopen the Washburn factory (producing Regal instruments as well).
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.
This system was only used for two years, with 0001-1121 covering 19-3152 covering 1992.
Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments.
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.