Dating guild

19 Sep

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).Quick Tips for Dating Vintage Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips. Center-back dress zippers – seen occasionally in the 1940s and early 1950s, but generally later 1950s and 1960s and in most dresses since the 1970s.They don’t necessarily place a garment in a specific year, but they will help you narrow down the time range. Velcro® was invented in 1948, but not used in clothing much until the 1960s.These all seem to list the schema the same way; the model, the date, and the last serial number for that year for that model.Even after looking at these extensively, I can't seem to figure out the date of my guitar. Just thought someone on here might be able to figure this out quickly. Pete--If you don't find anyone who cruises this forum with the answer, try the Fender Guild Forum and maybe Hanz can help you out. You might ask yourself WHY I want to figure this stuff out. Like previously mentioned; dinners, movies, long walks at night, creating songs together as a couple, and maybe performing together for other people to see. My mistake, I missed the -12 on the end of your model number.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.

I do get dozens of Emails a week thanking me for keeping this information on the web (and you are welcome) and asking questions about older Guild Guitars. If you are thinking of selling, check adds in Vintage Guitar Magazine, or on Guitar classified web pages and see what similar Guitars are selling for.

Unfortunately, once again, records of Guild serial numbers before 1960 are at best sketchy, preventing us from being able to assure dating accuracy before that year.

Nonetheless, the charts below contain the best information we have on the approximate last serial numbers produced each year before 1960.

On the other hand, this list and/or Guild's own records may not be entirely accurate.

Given the variety of numbering schemes Guild seems to have used over the years, this is a distinct possibility.