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Dating martin guitars with serial numbers

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The Back Brace Brand: From 1978 through 1983; 1978 being a transition year, one might find the center back brace is pressure stamped, or "branded" in a football shape stating Sigma Guitars/Made in Japan/For/C. During later Korean made years (c1990,) Sigma transitioned back to paper labels and they stayed that way until the end of production in Indonesia in 2007. Adjustable rosewood bridge to approximately 1975, non-adjustable thereafter.

All other text was printed in black ink, or stamped on in ink by the manufacturer (model and serial numbers.) 5-digit, or 8-digit serial numbers. Being a mid-year change, some continued on with the "Purple" label, though with the new serial number designation preceded by an "S" or an "E" This is prefixed by the serial number assigned to the instrument and followed by an ink stamp of the model number. L-R as seen through the sound hole: Serial number, "Brand," Model number.) The serial numbers on these instruments were often preceded by the letters S or E; e.g. It is currently believed that this transition was complete by 1979.

The Serial number for Martin guitars should be printed on the neck block inside of the guitar. Below is a list giving the last number Martin used for each year.

1981-82 Martin Sigma used serial numbers 900001 to 902908.

Because in contrast to Gibson or Fender, Martin the serial numbers simply used in sequence starting 1898. By means of the serial number of your Martin can therefore quite precise date of production be determined.

Where to find the serial number Look in the sound hole in the direction of the neck and you see on the neck block model and serial numbers are stamped.

That said, the information compiled and presented here is the most comprehensive data set we have for dating Guild guitars.Number Date 2000 - 3000's 1949 or 1950 4000 - 5000's 1951 5000 - 6000's 1952 6000 - 8000's 1953 9000 - 12000's 1954 12000 - 16000's 1955 17000 - 21000's 1956 22000 - 26000's 1957 27000 - 30000's 1958 30000 - 34000's 1959 34000 - 39000's 1960 39000 - 45000's 1961 46000 - 52000's 1962 53000 - 63000's 1963 63000 - 84000's 1964 New Serial Number Scheme 1965 to 1972 The first 2 digits show Month (Jan = 1 and Dec = 12).Next digit shows the last digit of the year starting with 5, i.e. The remaining numbers show the production order of the instrument for the year so if the last 3 digits are 759 this would be the 759th instrument produced that year.Please refer to the notes preceding each chart on how to best interpret the data.Two other highly reliable resources for dating Guild instruments are The Guild Guitar Book and Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars, both of which are excellent references that often prove helpful with questions regarding dating, specifications and historical context of many Guild instruments. This may be due to them being built in several Japanese factories at the same time with no coordination or tracking in the numbering system.