It seems that several years ago, I read an article in a music magazine about the history of Washburn bowlbacks. #Make sure you string it up with ultra light strings (down to 0.009" or 0.0095" on e") and enjoy! If you are in the vicinit of NMU, perhaps we could arrange a research seminar, and some mandolin pickin' of course. I have one of these but there are a few things wrong with mine.
The guy who wrote it had over 50 of them, and the first picture was of him with all of his Washburns. PS: Brent, I might be up NMU way this spring on a grant to collect some coaster brook trout. The tuner gears are held on only with rivets not screws.
When they noticed that their friends were all using popular dating apps but not discussing it, they saw an opportunity to pull the curtain back and start a conversation.
I recently corresponded with someone whose symmetrical Style A SN four-ninety-something (I know some people are leery about publishing these) had a pickguard stamped "PAT APL'D FOR" with no date. #I've had some past correspondence with him, but I've lost his contact info (as well as the spelling of his last name) via computer mishaps and changes. Jim My Stream on Soundcloud Facebook Playing lately: 1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1937 Gibson L-Century -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- Gibson TB-Junior Hi - Hubert here. I have collected a lot of L&H serial number information in the past years but mostly regarding Washburns.
Now I know the manufacturing records are all lost, so exact dating is impossible, but I wonder how high the serial numbers go on the "patent-applied-for" examples, or how low the numbers go with the "1918" stamp. Probably I'm committing several invalid assumptions in posing this question, which I'll appreciate having pointed out to me (honest! I confess to having a slight fixation on wanting my L&H to be from the 'teens (especially 1918, when the flu epidemic ravaged my grandfather's health and forced him to move to the Adirondacks), but if it's from the Harding administration instead I can still love it. #(If somebody else has it, I'd be happy to receive it again.) #Another knowledgeable L&H expert is Neil Russell. I find it very difficult to draw definite conclusions from the limited serial number data on the L&H/Washburn Style A-C mandos that I have listed to date (about 80 in total).
Is there a way that a pro luthier can fix that without replacing the top? Hard to tell from the catalog page but it looks to me that my bridge is pretty close to the original.
My L&H Style B SN 879 has a 1918 patent notice stamped on the pickguard. -- PDW The guy who has compiled the most serial numbers of whom I'm aware is Hubert P. #He is a member here, but an infrequent poster and his username is not incdicative of his real name. #I recently corresponded with someone whose symmetrical Style A SN four-ninety-something (I know some people are leery about publishing these) had a pickguard stamped "PAT APL'D FOR" with no date.
They have been together for two years and are recently engaged.