George Washburn Lyon was one of the USA's first eminently respected luthiers, founding George Washburn guitars in the late 1880s, and being responsible for some of the most ornate stringed instruments of the late 19th and early 20th century. Manufactured in Chicago, Washburn became know for his parlour instruments, many of which have stood the test of time both tonally and for their build quality and craftsmanship. This 1889 Washburn New Model Style 308 is without question the top of the line instrument produced by the company at the time, and would have retailed for around twice the price of the equivalent top of the range Martin instrument at the time.
Featuring a Solid Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, this Style 308 has a full bodied, resonant sound that belies an instrument of its size. The craftsmanship is where this instrument really sets itself apart, with marquetry inlay and an ornate inlay binding work of mother of pearl and ebony, along with similar rosette and headstock inlay.
This guitar is in very good condition for an instrument over 100 years old. It is perfectly playable and comfortable with a full feeling neck and no need for a neck reset in the near future. There are small areas around the body binding where there appear to have been minor repairs to the ebony inlay, as this tends to dry out and become brittle over time, but it is overall in amazing shape considering its age.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.