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❌SOLD❌ Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak Parlor Guitar, 1920s


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Around the start of the twentieth century, Lyon & Healy were one of the larger musical instrument builders in the USA, with Washburn being one of their brands. This Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak parlor guitar, built in Chicago in the 1920s, is an example of the instruments available at that time. It features a ladder-braced Spruce top and Oak for the sides and back. The heavily V shaped neck with slotted peghead is likely Poplar, while the fingerboard is a dyed, hard and tight grained wood like Maple.

Oak is a common material for many purposes, but it is unusual to find it on the back and sides of a guitar. It’s relatively heavy and hard to work with in the context of bending sides.

This Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak – interesting little guitar plays well, and has a warm tone with clear trebles. It has had a few repairs over the hears, notably re-glued back braces and a new Rosewood bridge.

There are no identifying marks on the this instrument, so we are identifying it as a Lyon & Healy Washburn and dating this to the 1920’s based on other guitars known to have been built by them at the time.

A modern hard shell case is included.


Price: $999.99 CAD
  • Year: 1922 | Approximate year
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: N/A
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Fair
  • Date Posted: 07/04/2020

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 2.77lbs 1.26kg
  • Scale Length: 24.56in 624mm
  • Nut Width: 1.79in 45.5mm

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