Hofner serial number dating

These will not only help confirm the year of production of your instrument but will also help identify the various specifications that define your guitar, explain where it sits on the evolutionary path and put it into a wider historical context.

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What isn’t speculation is this guitars quality; with a surprisingly straight neck for a 12-string and only minimal nicks and dings, this guitar is in very good condition.

It plays nicely and feels very easy against the finger tips with a rich, aged sound.

Over the years and due to various changes of ownership some of the necessary documentation has unfortunately been misplaced or destroyed and whilst this has led to a few anomalies and inconsistencies in the dating charts, the information presented here represents the most comprehensive data available for Guild guitar dating.

For those interested in knowing more of the backstory of their guitar there are some useful guides, the best of which are “The Guild Guitar Book” by Hans Moust and “Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars” by Hans Gruhn.

Anyone looking to date what they believe is a guitar of that age should seek expert advice as your guitar may well be quite valuable.

It is probably worth more than the dollars you will sell it for.

SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1950's to 1964 In early 1965, Fender was sold to the CBS.

The old Fender serial number scheme did not change immediately as CBS to use up existing parts and use existing tooling however a large F logo was added to the neck plate shortly after the accquisition.

Each are numbered on the back of the headstock with the number in the given series, i.e. Each also has a seven digit serial number inside the guitar. The last four digits refer to the date of production.

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