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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.
The following chart details the year, the guitar model, and the last serial number produced for each model in each given year.
MODEL 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 Between the years 19, Guild continued with the system which used a separate serial number prefix for each guitar model.
For those interested in knowing more of the backstory of their guitar there are some useful guides, the best of which are “The Guild Guitar Book” by Hans Moust and “Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars” by Hans Gruhn.
These will not only help confirm the year of production of your instrument but will also help identify the various specifications that define your guitar, explain where it sits on the evolutionary path and put it into a wider historical context.
Unfortunately, some documentation has been lost or destroyed over the years, resulting in some holes in the historical record in addition to a small number of anomalies, inconsistencies and outright dating errors.
That said, the information compiled and presented here is the most comprehensive data set we have for dating Guild guitars.
Every Guild Guitar is different, however you can generally look on the back of the headstock or within the guitar itself (in the soundhole).Unfortunately, records for Guild guitars prior to 1960 are somewhat unreliable, where they exist at all, so we are unable to fully assure the accuracy of dating before that time but we have been able to ascertain some last serial numbers which may help.Anyone looking to date what they believe is a guitar of that age should seek expert advice as your guitar may well be quite valuable.YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCED The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1960 to 1969).YEAR FIRST NUMBER PRODUCED LAST NUMBER PRODUCED **Between the years 19, Guild used a separate serial numbering system for each guitar model The following chart details the year, the guitar model, and the beginning and ending serial number for each model in each given year.