Washburn started making guitars in Chicago in 1883. The original factory was based in the famous Maxwell Street, home of Chicago’s Delta Blues. Maxwell Street was considered the entry point for thousands of African-Americans arriving from the Mississippi Delta.
This blues movement helped in the success of Washburn guitars. Washburn guitars were very popular during the 1920s.
Washburn makes electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electric basses, acoustic basses, banjos, mandolins, travel guitars, and amplifiers.
The company makes eight different styles or “Series” of both electric and acoustic guitars.
Nuno Bettencourt models are flagshipped by the American hand-made N4. The N4 guitar is a small reverse headstock super-strat which features the unique Stephen’s Extended Cutaway neck joint for easy access to the higher frets.
Paul Stanley models consist of the PS600 and PS800 extensively used while touring with KISS, as well as the “Preacher” PS7000/PS7200/PS9000/PS9200 which Paul Stanley used during his 2006-2007 tour to promote his solo album Live to Win. Stanley’s line also includes the PS9 and PS11E acoustic guitars that feature his image on the front and come bundled with a custom gig bag.
Nick Catanese Signature Model (1999) Idol Series for Nick Catanese.
Dan Donegan Signature Model (2003)/Maya Series: A six string electric guitar series for Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and named after his daughter Maya.
Bootsy Collins Space bass (2006): Signature model for Bootsy Collins. Features Fender Jazz Bass pickups.