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Up for Sale is a

Vintage 1920's Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak Parlor Guitar! 

100 Years Old! Historic! Made In USA!

This is really cool. You are looking at a Vintage 1920's Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak Parlor Guitar. Around the start of the twentieth century, Lyon & Healy were one of the larger musical instrument builders in the USA, with Washburn being one of their brands. This Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak parlor guitar, built in Chicago in the 1920s, is an example of the instruments available at that time. It features a ladder-braced Spruce top and Oak for the sides and back. The heavily V shaped neck with slotted peghead is likely Poplar, while the fingerboard is a dyed, hard and tight grained wood like Maple.

This guitar was in very poor shape when it came in trade here at Top 40 Guitars. Our luthier did a complete restoration on this little gem. Complete refinish. Repaired a few cracks in the Top. Repaired some interior bracing as well. Used a very light stain and sprayed everything with a clearcoat. You cannot feel the Top cracks with your fingernail. Neck Reset was done. Brand New Frets were installed. Neck is straight and plays beautifully up and down the length of the instrument. This is a great example of a century old piece of American history, built with simple, but unique appointments. 

Oak is a common material for many purposes, but it is unusual to find it on the back and sides of a guitar. It’s relatively heavy and hard to work with in the context of bending sides.

This Lyon & Healy Washburn Oak – interesting little guitar plays well, and has a warm tone with clear trebles. It has had a few repairs over the years, notably re-glued back braces and a new Rosewood bridge.

There are no identifying marks on the this instrument, so we are identifying it as a Lyon & Healy Washburn and dating this to the 1920’s based on other guitars known to have been built by them at the time.

Slotted peghead with original 3-to-a-side strip tuners and ivoroid buttons. 1 3/4" nut width, 24” scale length. Action measurements at the 12th fret are 6/64” on the bass side and 5/64” on the treble side.

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Cosmetics: Excellent Condition. Keep in mind that this is a 100+ year old guitar that has been played. The case is not original. It is a Vintage Hard Shell Case. The Case is a little too big for the guitar. Some towels stuffed around the edges will hold the guitar just fine. Scuffs and scratches and some peeling of the tolex on the case. All latches work. Interior in fine shape. This is a very solid used guitar. Dripping with "Mojo" Look at the pictures closely. They will tell the story.

Our luthier did a complete setup. Brand new strings were installed. Gig ready on Arrival!

Complete Package with Non-Original Vintage Hard Shell Case Included!

Due to CITES Treaty for Endangered Wood (Mahogany, Rosewood) We no longer ship out of the USA.

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ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.Learn more
  • Lyons & Healy
  • Parlor Guitar
  • Natural Finish
  • Vintage 1920's
Made In
  • United States
Body Shape
  • Parlor
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String

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