Dating a guild guitar

25-Jan-2017 16:09

The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number.Through the years, (as well as through several different owners of the Guild Guitar company), some historical documentation has unfortunately been lost or destroyed.There are other resources for dating Guild guitars which you may also want to consult, such as: “The Guild Guitar Book” by Hans Moust, and “Gruhn’s Guide To Vintage Guitars” by George Gruhn.Both are excellent references and may be quite helpful to you in both determining the year of production of your instrument as well as identifying specifications and a historical context for the instrument.Unfortunately, the records of Guild serial numbers prior to 1960 are somewhat sketchy, and so we are unable to assure the accuracy of dating before that time.The following chart, however, details the best information we have for the approximate last serial numbers produced in each given year before 1960.For inquiries about serial number dating click on the articles link above and then click "Dating your Guild".For serial numbers that dont fall on this chart or for specific parts for your vintage Guild Guitar you can contact Hans Moust via his website.

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There are not separate prefixes for each model of guitar, and the serial numbers alone do not provide specific dating information for the instruments.

There are no corresponding model names or numbers available.

1952 – 1960 YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCED 1953 1000-1500 1954 1500-2200 1955 2200-3000 1956 3000-4000 1957 4000-5700 1958 5700-8300 1959 12035 1960 – 1969 The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1960 to 1969).

All GAD instruments are stamped with a 10 digit internal manufacturing number located in the soundhole, at the base of the heel block.

This number embodies production information about the instrument.

There are not separate prefixes for each model of guitar, and the serial numbers alone do not provide specific dating information for the instruments.There are no corresponding model names or numbers available.1952 – 1960 YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCED 1953 1000-1500 1954 1500-2200 1955 2200-3000 1956 3000-4000 1957 4000-5700 1958 5700-8300 1959 12035 1960 – 1969 The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1960 to 1969).All GAD instruments are stamped with a 10 digit internal manufacturing number located in the soundhole, at the base of the heel block.This number embodies production information about the instrument.Any information anyone has or if you can direct me to somewhere/someone that may have this information I would greatly appreciate it.