Cordoba started ramping up production in late 2015, releasing its first models M-20 and D-20 in early 2016. The following chart, however, details the best information we have for the approximate last serial numbers produced in each given year before 1960. My Guild has different specifications than the model listed on another website? Dating An Old Guild By The Label Guild kept good records and used a sequential serial number system. When I played it, I adored the sound, but the lack of a Guildsby made it less fun for the music I was playing. Additional variations were issued throughout the 1980s and '90s. It is amazing to look at and is easily the best sounding guitar I have ever owned.
Sorry for the over indulgence. Once you have determined what brand you have, you need to know what model it is. I am just curious because it was used when I purchased it and I have always loved this guitar. My daughter keeps it in her room. I then bought another vintage Guild, this time from 1976, and made of mahogany. The only thing I can tell you is that the serial number indicates that the guitar was made in 2000 and was the number 116,092 in that production year.
After the joy of owning a Guildsby-equipped X170T, I found that my Starfire 4 was getting lonely. At the foot of this page, you will find a long and detailed list regarding the manufacture date of your guitar and it is as simple as looking for the serial number of your guitar on the list and from that, it will tell you the date. Units sold in the last 20 years? Another jazz giant, George Barnes, helped develop another signature guitar. Certainly it's a gamble using a replaceable part to date a guitar, but it could be a clue, no? Guilds, in my mind, are sturdy. I also have the same guitar and it was in all likelihood from 1975-1979 '75 is when the curved top came out. The vintage Starfires used the roman numeral numbering, while the modern reissue Starfires use regular Arabic numerals.
I know for a fact it has not been modified after it was built. Seems like I always here of folks raving over the big 3 but not much mention of Guild. Great guitars for all the generations of guitarists to come. The photograph of Benson accompanying an interview with him in the Guitar Player Book, published in the 1970s, shows him holding a Guild Artist Award with its strings removed. Japan made probably 70-75 era based on Sticker and Label being oval.
You can also see that the 1999 Starfire shown above has a stop bar tailpiece. These kits were near-complete production guitars that only needed finishing and final assembly before being sent to retailers. I bought the Guild because my friend had one, and I loved the way it looked, played and sounded. If you can find any old catalogs, you can compare what you have to them. I have to admit that I've never heard of the Guild G37.
I have now passed it on to my 15 year old daughter who is getting quite good at playing which I have to thank Taylor Swift for! While there are some holes in the historical record, as well as a few anomalies, inconsistencies, and obvious errors in the dating charts, the information complied and presented here is the most comprehensive data we have available for dating Guild guitars. Buy what you like, and you will have made a good choice. Much of the initial workforce consisted of former Epiphone workers who lost their jobs following their 1951 strike and the subsequent relocation of the company from Queens to Philadelphia. Ever wonder exactly when your favorite guitar was made? That serial would date the guitar to 1998. The first and fourth of these numbers in reverse refer to the year of production. I'd owned tons of them, though and sure I will again at some point.
These were heady days of dramatic product improvement and growing market credibility. There are dozens of less common models and variations that Guild created from its foundation until the Westerly plant was closed in 2001. Deep lush sound, Light Mahogany Neck with RosewoodFinger Board that is bound and yellowed nicely it matches. Make sure when you are searching that you check a number of sources. Mothers and fathers pass it on to your sons and daughters and they will be better because of music's gift. I just purchased a 1999 orange X170T like yours except the toggle switches are not together on one side of the upper bout.
It was created, went through a strong but turbulent adolescence, experienced marriage, blended families, loss and rebirth. This is a vertical, rectangular label with a white guitar-shaped silhouette in a black background. They cover all the ground and more that I'll ever need to. Previous owner had Gryphon do a neck re-set. It's a story rich in people and personalities, instruments and artists, triumphs and tragedies. The only downside of this guitar is that the fully hollow body will feed back at the slightest provocation.
I went on a hunt to find a replacement and found one in even better condition on eBay. The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number. After the turn of the century God I feel old saying that , children came into our lives and my guitar habit waned. Even if you are not planning to sell your guitar knowing a bit about when it was made is a fun thing to do, from there you can read about the history of the company and work out just where your guitar fits into the story. Does anyone happen to know what year this guitar was made. Hope I could help all of you more.