Washburn is one of the world's longest established guitar manufacturers. Established in 1883 in Chicago, Washburn became one of the leading American Insrument makers and made a name with guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. In 1976 Washburn rose into the electric guitar market. Again, the company was able to maintain. Production was moved to the Far East, in the 80s, Washburn was up frtont with the other well known manufacturers. To date, Washburn has numerous endorsers from the rock scene.