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.The system was used from 1961 to 1969 and had many problems that resulted in duplicated batch numbers so the numbers from those years are approximate and exact dates are hard to come by.If the instrument has original electronics some dating can be verified by pot numbers.Unfortunately not all instruments were numbered and not all followed the number pattern so all dates are approximate.
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For information on FON numbers a copy of The Blue Book of Electric Guitars by Zachary R. For the most accurate identification contact Gibson.The transfer contained an eight digit serial number as well as "MADE IN USA". There also were some bolt on models with a date ink stamped on the heel.Gibson introduced the current system of serialization in 1977 and continues with it today.Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars.
An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits.
There are no corresponding model names or numbers available.