Washburn Model 5283 Deluxe Carved Top Mandolin , c. 1935

Washburn  Model 5283 Deluxe Carved Top Mandolin ,  c. 1935
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Washburn Model 5283 Deluxe Model Carved Top Mandolin, c. 1935, made in Chicago, serial # 1466, natural lacquer finish, maple back and sides, sprice top; Laminared mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This Washburn-labeled mandolin is a very late production example of the elaborate and beautifully made mandolins Lyon & Healy originally introduced in 1917. These were extremely high-grade instruments, the only really serious competition Gibson ever faced in the carved top 8-string market. Lyon & Healy launched this line in a blaze of publicity in the late 1910s and they were built (first under that brand and subsequently "Washburn") well into the Depression years. Using the finest materials and a thoroughly original design, Lyon & Healy created a timeless classic in what was originally named the Style A. The violin scroll headstock is immediately distinctive, but the 2-point body, shaped pickguard, pull-out leg rest, and clamp tailpiece cover are all signature features.

The sound of these instruments is more delicate and lighter than most Gibsons, with a nicely rounded top end and less "bark". They have been considered since the 1920s to be the best instruments ever made for classical mandolin playing, but have not been much known or used by old-time or country musicians. We are always impressed by both the sound and craftsmanship of the Lyon & Healy mandolins, and this Deluxe -- the top of the line model -- is an extremely fine instrument worthy of any player's or collector's attention.
Overall length is 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm.), 9 15/16 in. (25.2 cm.) width, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 13 in. (330 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.).

This lovely mandolin remains al original and very clean overall -- the pickguard is gone, but the elaborate and oft-missing tailpiece cover is intact. It shows a small amount of pickwear on the face and some finish flaking to the back of the headstock and neck, over the center lamination insert from the heel up to behind the 5th fret. There is one very small repaired back crack at the tailpiece area just off the center seam, less than 1" long. This is an extremely nice example of one of the loveliest mandolins ever built. Excellent + Condition.