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Re: Washburn Guitars
Washburns, along with Stellas and Sovereigns (made by the Oscar Schmidt Company) and a host of others used on most prewar recordings, were ladder-braced guitars. Martin introduced X-bracing and was copied by Gibson. This changed the sound of the guitar drastically giving more sustain and more harmonic overtones. These qualities seem to have been more favored and actually changed how musicians approached playing the instrument, as recording created a more homogenized sound in popular music. Today luthiers are once again building ladder-braced guitars as players such as Ari are resurrecting the music of early recordings and want to be able to approach playing as those players did. By googling you can find a wealth of info and opinions about these different sounds and playing styles.
Note: modern Wasburn labeled guitars have nothing to do with the original makers or company.
: I'm not an expert on the subject or I wouldn't
: be asking this. Washburn guitars were first
: manufactured back in the late 1800s. With
: that kind of history and tradition, why
: don't they have the same appeal among
: professionals as Martin and Gibson acoustics