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Courtland Street), which also housed the stateside Washburn luthiery, often referred to as "the USA Custom Shop." Schlacher announced completion of selling USM to JAM Industries on August 24, 2009, and that he would be stepping away from his company after fully four decades. It has been a thrilling and rewarding 40-year ride that has allowed me to realize my dreams and goals. The first modern Washburn instruments were full-size acoustic guitars imported from Japan by Beckmen Music.We are pleased to join forces with a strategic partner like Jam Industries, that has a long, successful history in the music industry and has been a long-term business partner with U. The 1974 range included one folk-style guitar (W-200) and eight dreadnoughts of increasing quality and decoration: W-240-12, W-250, W-260, W-280, W-300, W-300-12, W-500, W-600.George Lyon retired from the company in 1889 (died 1894).Patrick Healy then led the company into a period of major expansion, beginning with a larger new factory and improved mass-production techniques, and soon dominated the domestic market.Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments.
In most Washburn guitars, the first two digits of the serial number indicate the year of manufacture.
Not only did the Lyon & Healy company often change designs to follow the rapidly evolving consumer demand, but the company also repaired instruments, and offered engraving services, including decorating instruments that it retailed but did not actually manufacture.
As well, they built instruments for other retailers and distributors under various house brands, and outsourced construction of some models.
Tom Beckmen and his wife Judy Fink Beckmen in 1972 left careers as music salesman and teacher (respectively) to launch a wholesale music business in Los Angeles, Beckmen Musical Instruments.
It was Beckmen Music that resurrected the Washburn name, and beginning in 1974 applied it to a series of quality imported acoustic guitars, made in Japan by Terada, as well as a selection of mandolins and banjos.
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By 1865, Lyon & Healy had expanded into reed organs and some small instruments.