By the way, this is not the same Washburn company that makes guitars today (despite the claims of their company literature). The original Washburn brand was a created by the Lyon & Healy Company, which was a large sheet music distributor founded in Chicago in 1864. The brand name was derived from the middle name of one of the partners in the firm, businessman, George Washburn Lyon. His partner, P.J. Healy, was a guitar maker, but Washburn guitars were made in a factory setting. L&H started making guitars in the 1880's and was one of the leading supplier of fretted instruments to mail order catalogs, like Sears and Montgomery Ward, until the late 1920's, when Harmony and Kay assumed control of that market with instruments of somewhat inferior quality. The brand was sold several times and eventually was discarded. It was revived by an importer of guitars made in the orient in the 1964. Lyon & Healy is still in business, and is the largest and most respected American maker of orchestral harps.