Martin dating by serial number

07-Sep-2019 03:31

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Gretsch used several different serial number schemes through the years.

This guitar happens to be Martin Guitar Serial Number 95984, which when referenced from the serial number matrix below, we find out that this is a 1946 model D-18 and is one of 4,534 that were made in that year. If you find that your serial number is present but not a model number, then you have an older Martin.

They started stamping the model number on the head blocks of the instruments in October of 1930.

The bottom number is the Martin Guitar serial number of the instrument.

The Gretsch-GEAR database exists to get it right: to document the actual serial numbers, to determine once and for all what was built and when, and to harness the collective knowledge of thousands of Gretsch fans to put the pieces together.

If you'd like to learn more about Gretsch serial numbers, we highly recommend Ed Ball's "Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar." Ball is one of the key researchers who have determined the actual dates, years and features Gretsch serial numbers correspond to.

started out with a serial number of 8,001 because the company estimated that is how many guitars they manufactured up until that time and accurate records did not exist, so this is a an estimated value.

Looking at the photo above, you can see there are two numbers stamped on the head block.

The bottom number is the Martin Guitar serial number of the instrument.The Gretsch-GEAR database exists to get it right: to document the actual serial numbers, to determine once and for all what was built and when, and to harness the collective knowledge of thousands of Gretsch fans to put the pieces together.If you'd like to learn more about Gretsch serial numbers, we highly recommend Ed Ball's "Gretsch 6120: The History of a Legendary Guitar." Ball is one of the key researchers who have determined the actual dates, years and features Gretsch serial numbers correspond to. started out with a serial number of 8,001 because the company estimated that is how many guitars they manufactured up until that time and accurate records did not exist, so this is a an estimated value.Looking at the photo above, you can see there are two numbers stamped on the head block. If you believe this to be an error, please contact [email protected] No serial number chart for was found in the database.