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Keef's book has a very comprehensive reference to catalogs and model types of the various Washburn mandolins.
In most Washburn guitars, the first two digits of the serial number indicate the year of manufacture.
Washburn has utilized a variety of serial number formats throughout its history.
(Note: The new design did not appear until May 1990) 1980's: While contract builds always included the prefix, it wasn't always used on Samick brand guitars.
By the end of 1993, the month (M) returned to the format, and by 1994, the year was shortened to one digit: Current SPG-built D'Angelico models use the prefix "US" with the same format. Very early models still used the "S" prefix and some also used "R" or "R9".
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These serial numbers are easily recognized as a white sticker with a black border, usually found on the back of the headstock or the heel of the neck.
Being a sticker, many are ripped off or wear off over the years.
Guitars with serial numbers containing five or more characters were manufactured from the 1980s to the 2000s.
Guitars with serial numbers containing five or less characters were likely manufactured in the 1980s, and serial numbers with four characters indicate that a guitar was manufactured in the 1970s or early 1980s.
Note #2: Guitars with no serial number were produced at many different times.