Washburn Guitars

Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments. The company began as a partnership between George Washburn Lyon and Patrick Healy, initially established in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois. While it has been over 130 years since its founding, the music maker’s journey until today has been somewhat bumpy. Nevertheless, by 1889, they were the largest mandolin manufacturer in America, and in 1912, Washburn released the Lakeside Jumbo, one of the first dreadnought guitars ever made. Washburn has a legacy of famous and talented artists who have helped shape the soundscape of today’s modern music, from Nancy Wilson and Howard Leese with Heart, to the rise of hard rock’s and metal’s glory years with Rudy Sarzo and Nuno Bettencourt, and through the grunge years where icons like Dimebag Darrel kept guitar solos alive until passing the torch to Ola Englund and Marzi Montazeri. Currently, Washburn is own...

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