Unfortunately, the records of Guild serial numbers prior to 1960 are somewhat sketchy, and so we are unable to assure the accuracy of dating before that time.The following chart, however, details the best information we have for the approximate last serial numbers produced in each given year before 1960.That said, the information compiled and presented here is the most comprehensive data set we have for dating Guild guitars.Please refer to the notes preceding each chart on how to best interpret the data.** Between the years 19, Guild used a separate serial numbering system for each guitar model.There are no corresponding model names or numbers available. It is probably worth more than the dollars you will sell it for.Nonetheless, the charts below contain the best information we have on the approximate last serial numbers produced each year before 1960.If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
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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.
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.
Through the years, (as well as through several different owners of the Guild Guitar company), some historical documentation has unfortunately been lost or destroyed.