The Washburn guitar Company has been producing guitars for over 120 years. Washburn first starting making guitars in 1883 in Chicago Illinois, just a few blocks away from Maxwell Street. African Americans that moved to this location from the Mississippi Delta started the Delta Blues scene. This then led to the increase in popularity of Washburn guitars as well.

Washburn also makes acoustic and electric bass guitars, amps, banjos, mandolins and even travel guitars.

The Washburn Company is also credited with being the first guitar manufacturer to use artists to endorse their guitars. Just turning a knob on the guitar creates this blend.

The Washburn guitar is still very popular with the great guitar players of today. Some of the talented musicians that use their guitars are Dan Donegan (Disturbed), Dave Bakash (Sum 41), David Brenner, Dean Back and Tyler Connolly (Theory Of a Deadman), Doug Ardito, Paul Phillips and Wes Scantlin (Puddle of Mudd), Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne and Hellyeah), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi), JF (Kataklysm), Josey Scott and Wayne Swinny (Saliva), Sammy Hagar, Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), Peter Steele (Type O Negative), Rick Savage (Def Leppard), Roger Waters, and Scott Ian (Anthrax).

By Johnny Stall

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