Please use the search bar at the bottom of this page to lookup your guitar's manufacture date. If you would like specs on your guitar please view our Product pages by looking up your model number. Note for guitars without a serial number. Up to there was just a label inside the guitar with the last two digits of the year in the bottom right hand corner see example on the right.
How to Date a Guild Guitar
How can I find out when my American-made instrument was manufactured? – Fender
Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can't help them with these other less popular brands. As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else? Well I'm not one to leave you out in the informational cold, so here's something that I use quite often in dating amplifiers and electric guitars. It's called the "source-date code", and it can help determine the approximate age of an electric instrument by the date its components were manufactured.
Decoding a Taylor Guitar's Serial #
As such, there are a lot of vintage specimens hidden under beds, lurking in closets or parading in plain sight on shop walls and Reverb listings. Half the battle of finding a great deal or pre-empting conflict is accurately dating the guitar in question. The guide below is intended to help you identify the production year of any Gretsch guitar, given the serial number and its location on the guitar. This information has been compiled from multiple sources cited at bottom. Their collective investigative legwork deserves the respect and gratitude of us all.
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