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Dating a guitar is not only a useful and interesting thing to be able to do, in financial and historical terms it is vital.
Each are numbered on the back of the headstock with the number in the given series, i.e. Each also has a seven digit serial number inside the guitar. The last four digits refer to the date of production.
The first three numbers (beginning with 500), refer to the sequence of units made, i.e. The first and fourth of these numbers in reverse refer to the year of production. For example: #5077019 would mean the seventh guitar made that year, and would date to January 1997.
The advent of the folk music craze in the early '60s had shifted the company into production of an important line of acoustic folk and blues guitars, including a dreadnought series (D-40, D-50 and, later, D-55) that competed successfully with Martin's D-18 and D-28 models, and jumbo and Grand Concert "F" models that were particularly popular with blues guitarists like Dave Van Ronk.
Over the years and due to various changes of ownership some of the necessary documentation has unfortunately been misplaced or destroyed and whilst this has led to a few anomalies and inconsistencies in the dating charts, the information presented here represents the most comprehensive data available for Guild guitar dating.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.MODEL 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1970 to 1979).YEAR FIRST NUMBER PRODUCED LAST NUMBER PRODUCED Between the years 19, Guild returned to the system which used a separate serial number prefix for each guitar model.