A stateside manufacturing operation was opened in 1991 for higher-end, short-run, and one-off instruments, as well as development and prototyping.
That year, a Chicago Tribune article confidently places Washburn "among the top three guitar manufacturers in the world," behind only Fender and Gibson.
Washburn Guitars is an American manufacturer and importer of guitars, mandolins, and other string instruments.
The original company was established in 1883 in Chicago, Illinois.
George Lyon retired from the company in 1889 (died 1894).
Patrick Healy then led the company into a period of major expansion, beginning with a larger new factory and improved mass-production techniques, and soon dominated the domestic market.
Schlacher and Rick Johnstone, as Fretted Industries, Inc., acquired the Washburn name in 1977 (for $13,000) when the Beckmens took their business a different direction, and so the Washburn name was returned to Chicago.