New Washburn Revival Series Guitars are Inspired by Classic 1930s Era Washburn Models

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Washburn, the world’s second oldest guitar manufacturer that’s been delighting players since 1883, today announced the immediate retail availability of two new Revival Series guitars that take their design inspiration from classic 1930s Washburn models.

The new Revival Solo Dreadnought (RSD135-D) is an all-solid Sitka spruce and mahogany guitar that is based on Washburn’s rare 1937 (Model 5246) Dreadnought. Only 135 of new Revival Solo Dreadnoughts have been produced at Washburn’s United States custom shop with a body shape that’s drawn from a direct tracing of the 1937 model. The new model carries a MSRP of $3,000 (MAP $1,999).

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Using a solid Sitka spruce top and scalloped-X “moonwood” European spruce bracing, along with African mahogany, the tone of the new Solo Dreadnought is loud and rich. It revives much of the original’s aesthetics, featuring a Washburn “smile” bridge, Revival ‘30s style headstock and Solo Dreadnought tortoise pickguard. Designed to optimize player comfort, the guitar is built with a neutral-C shaped neck and Graptech Ratio-tuned tuners. Each guitar will be have a serial number from 1883-2018, representing Washburn’s 135 years of making great guitars. This model comes with an arched-top hard shell case for protection and storage.

The new Revival Solo DeLuxe Grand Auditorium (RSG100SWVSEK-D) is an electric/acoustic version of the 1939 Solo DeLuxe guitar that features a Torrefied Sitka spruce top, Torrefied Sitka bracing, and solid mahogany back and sides. The aesthetic is classic, presenting Washburn’s 1930s style sunburst design, and utilizing a minimally invasive Fishman GT-2 under-saddle pickup. The Torrefaction process is applied to both the soundboard and bracing to age these materials in a way that internal resins are crystallized and suspended water removed — much like what would naturally happen over the course of 20+ years of air drying.

Mated with solid Mahogany back and sides and a bone nut and saddle, the resulting guitar delivers a pre-war voice that features a strong fundamental that can be driven hard for cut-through-the-mix volume. This model comes with a deluxe arched-top hard shell case and carries a MSRP of $1,515.90 (MAP $849). 

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