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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.
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.
Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments.
That year, a Chicago Tribune article confidently places Washburn "among the top three guitar manufacturers in the world," behind only Fender and Gibson.Schlacher and Rick Johnstone, as Fretted Industries, Inc., acquired the Washburn name in 1977 (for ,000) when the Beckmens took their business a different direction, and so the Washburn name was returned to Chicago.With assistance from Ikutaro Kakehashi (founder of Roland Corporation), Schlacher was able to find instrument factories in Japan that could meet the desired standards.Washburn has utilized a variety of serial number formats throughout its history.Guitars with serial numbers containing five or more characters were manufactured from the 1980s to the 2000s.