Washburn SBF80: The hunt for information

Me and my Washburn SBF-80Many months ago as I started my blog, one of the subjects I covered was the make and model of the guitar I currently use most when I perform, which is a Washburn SBF80. Since posting about it, Google search queries have brought many people to my site on a regular basis, telling me that there are some folks out there, like myself, who would like to know a lot more about this guitar. I have since gone on my own web search for pertinent information, only to find, or should I say, NOT FIND, much. Here's what I encountered, followed by what bits of information I did manage to uncover.

Sites like Ebay, Craigslist, or music outlets that sell used instruments only had basic info about the SBF80, usually provided by the person selling it. Wikipedia has no listing for the SBF series (which included an earlier model SBF24) in its current writeup of the Washburn Guitar Company's history. When you google "Washburn SBF80" you get all sorts of forums and ad listings and music store listings. Again, all with little useful information and lots of confusing opinions and presumptions. I had my own presumption after being told by the music store I purchased mine from that the series was brought about through Washburn's collaboration with Sammy Hagar... heh. As far as I've been able to tell, that was pure BS, but made for a great sales pitch at the time. If you visit the Washburn official website, you will find what I have listed below. There are, to my knowledge, only two entries for the SBF80 in their year-to-year production records, those being 1992 & 1995. You may find others but I checked and rechecked. Here are the excerpts on the SBF80 taken from Washburn's records:

Washburn SBF-80 / CS flamed top

Washburn SBF-80
Solid Body Acoustic/Electric:

1992 

SBF-80 / B-BLACK
$699.90
CHAMBERED MAHOGANY BODY / FLAMED MAPLE TOP
N/A
MAHOGANY NECK / ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
ROSEWOOD BRIDGE
CHROME DIE CAST TUNERS
PEARL/ SLOTTED/ DIAMOND- INLAYS

SBF-80 / CS FLAMED (yellow body with red flame trim)
$749.90
CHAMBERED MAHOGANY BODY / FLAMED MAPLE TOP
N/A
MAHOGANY NECK / ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
ROSEWOOD BRIDGE
CHROME DIE CAST TUNERS
PEARL/ SLOTTED/ DIAMOND - INLAYS

SBF-80-12 / B-BLACK & CS FLAMED
$749.90
CHAMBERED MAHOGANY BODY / FLAMED MAPLE TOP
N/A
MAHOGANY NECK / ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
ACTIVE ELECTRONICS
ROSEWOOD BRIDGE
CHROME DIE CAST TUNERS
PEARL/ SLOTTED/ DIAMOND - INLAYS
1995

SBF-80 / CS - FLAMED
$769.90
BOOKMATCHED FLAMED SYCAMORE TOP / SEMIHOLLOW MAHOGANY BODY
N/A
MAHOGANY NECK / ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD
FISHMAN USA
ROSEWOOD BRIDGE
CHROME GROVER TUNERS
PEARL/SLOTTED/DIAMOND - INLAYS

I welcome questions and invite sharing of information if you have something to add to what I know or have found and presented here. It seems to me that Washburn might ought to know that there is still a lot of interest in this type/model of guitar. What about you? Play on!