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Washburn 5 string open back banjo serial #1641

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Feb 26, 2020 - 8:49:27 AM
26 posts since 3/5/2012

Need some help on trying to figure out the age of this Washburn 5 string open back banjo with serial number 1641stamped on the neck rod. Any help would be appreciated.

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:07:09 PM

181 posts since 2/11/2009

A precise serial list isn't available. The Washburn book estimates that banjo serials were in the 900s-1000s around 1896 and in the low 3000s around 1913. They restarted the serials around 1923, but an open-backed 5-string is probably from the earlier period.

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