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Guild Guitars, serial numbers (Guitarsite)
This Madeira by Guild acoustic guitar article presents a compilation of historical information and date estimates along with quality and value speculations. Much of the information in this article is offered without any tangible proof. Still, it represents a synthesis of the best information the web has on Madeira by Guild. Madeira was an import-line by the legendary guitar manufacturer Guild.
How to Date a Guild Guitar
In Tacoma instruments simply used a 4-digit serial number. In , there were still some 4-digit serial numbers but most were 6-digit numbers of which the first two digits were the numbers In , Tacoma introduced a serial numbering scheme that is still in use today. Successive years are associated with the alphabet in sequence.
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. While there are some holes in the historical record, as well as a few anomalies, inconsistencies, and obvious errors in the dating charts, the information complied and presented here is the most comprehensive data we have available for dating Guild guitars.