Washburn Guitars' legacy of world-renowned excellence in acoustic instruments changed the course of contemporary guitar building with the introduction of the Lakeside Jumbo by Lyon and Healy in 1912. Essentially the first dreadnought shaped guitar, it was the only instrument of its kind until competitors followed Washburn's lead 4 years later. Featuring steel strings, the Lakeside Jumbo measured 16 1/4" wide by 5 1/4" deep by 20 1/2" in length. Public demand for experimental steel stringed instruments was not very high in 1912, but after the Lakeside Jumbo caught on it cemented Washburn's place as the forerunner in acoustic innovation that we are still known for today.
As a tribute to our heritage and the heritage of American acoustic music, Washburn is bringing recreations of its early 20th century acoustics back. On the occasion of our 130th anniversary we are proud to be reintroducing the Lakeside Jumbo as well as the model 5249 "Solo" acoustic guitars to the 2013 Washburn lineup. Using modern materials and techniques we continue to improve upon our highly regarded instruments of the past as we look to bold new designs in a bright future.
Since our beginning in 1883, Washburn continues to build upon our foundation of high quality craftsmanship down to the very last detail. Our acoustics embody thoughtful details like easy playability, touch sensitive feel, and inspiring tone in every guitar.