Guild Serial Numbers
A question we have been asked about recently is that of serial numbers for GUILD and I wanted to help clarify the situation.
To this day no official GUILD document has been reported that would give any indication into GUILD’s early serial numbering system.
The earliest GUILD guitars that have been reported so far have potentiometer codes that don’t date back any further than the 5th week of 1953 , all of these were electric archtops.
The serial numbers of these early instruments have a 4 digits and no instruments with serial numbers below 1001 are known to exist.
October 1952, the start of production was announced
On 17th April 1953 , it would be correct to assume that
Setrial numbers 1000 or 1001 would be the first .
All early GUILD guitars have the serial number written
On a label, but since the M 75 did not have a label the
Number was stamped into the back of the headstock.
This does not tally with the list printed in the “ Gruhn’s
Guide To Vintage Guitars “ however the list compiled
After 1955 and further seem to be reliable , so if you
Have any queries , please let us know … from the Essaness
Team … Happy Playing .