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c. 1925 Washburn Model 5203

Serial # 1749. One of the classiest vintage guitars you're likely to encounter. From the pearl-button hand-engraved Waverly tuners to the delicate top decals, this Lyon & Healy-built Washburn is elegant through and through. It is also among the finest sounding Washburn instruments we've yet come across (and there have been many), and is in stunningly excellent condition. And it plays perfectly. Truly a wonderful guitar in every way.

X-braced red spruce top with very even fine grain, quartersawn Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony fingerboard and bridge. Delicately bound with ivoroid on the body, fingerboard, and soundhole, pearl inlays, ivororid bridge pins and end pin, bone nut and saddle. The guitar has been professionally neck-setted and plays very easily with thanks. No cracks, issues, or repairs; it's a near-perfect specimen.

Round neck with 1-13/16" nut width is large but not huge, scale length is just about 24", string spacing at the bridge is close to 2-3/8". The short scale, small concert sized body (roughly the dimensions of a Martin 0-28), light built top and and stiff rosewood back and sides results in a guitar with a powerful mid range, excellent power, sustain, and presence. There is a surprising bass response and bold trebles. Action is set at 5-7 64ths, with full height saddle. The guitar's original frets are nicely dressed and play cleanly. A wonderful fingerstyle instrument that enjoys a heavy attack.

With original hardshell case.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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