2008 Washburn 125th Anniversary R316SWRK Parlor Guitar




Among the first wave of production-level "antiqued" or "relic'd" acoustics were these limited-run (only 250 made) Washburn 125th Anniversary models. They're supposed to resemble late-1880s instruments of the same moniker and they do somewhat in the bridge shape, neck shape, and body size -- but under the hood these are modern, x-braced, folksy-sounding boxes and come distinctly-alive with a fingerpicker's touch.

This is a consignor's guitar and my own work on it included a mild level/dress of the frets at the fretboard extension to eliminate minor issues around the 14th/15th frets, a bridge reglue, and a good setup. It's currently strung with 54w-12 strings and plays on-the-dot with 3/32" Ea and 1/16" DGBE action at the 12th fret. The truss works as it should.

The owner had some sort of decent undersaddle pickup installed and it even features a ground to the strings at the bridge (which I had to recreate when regluing the bridge, of course). The guys at the modern Washburn brand got much of the feel similar to period Lyon & Healy Washburn products, though it's build heavier and for steel instead of gut/nylon. The neck is a medium-big V-shape on its rear, though a ~12" radius to the fretboard gives it a nicer feel under the fingers than the flat boards of the time.

Specs are: 24 3/4" (Gibson-style) scale, 1 7/8" nut width, 1 5/8" string spacing at the nut, 2 3/8" spacing at the bridge, 13" lower bout, 9 3/4" upper bout, and 4 1/8" side depth at the endblock.

Woods are: solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, and rosewood board and bridge. The bridge itself is quite fancy and the guitar has multicolored, fancy purfling and inlay here and there throughout.


While the owner didn't put any scratches (that I can find) in the guitar, it does have a lot of "factory" scratches and faux wear-n-tear.






Originally, this bridge was glued with only about 1/2 of is bottom surface area utilized as a gluing surface (there was finish sprayed beyond that). When I reglued it I expanded the glued area to fit the whole bridge footprint. This should not be coming-up anytime soon!










There are a number of "antiqued" grain tear-outs in the side and back wood.


The original, coffin-style hard case comes with it.

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