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There are no corresponding model names or numbers available.1952 – 1960 YEAR APPROXIMATE LAST SERIAL NUMBER PRODUCED 1953 1000-1500 1954 1500-2200 1955 2200-3000 1956 3000-4000 1957 4000-5700 1958 5700-8300 1959 12035 1960 – 1969 The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1960 to 1969).The company continued to expand, and was sold to the Avnet Corporation, which moved production to Westerly, Rhode Island, in 1966.As the folk scene quieted, a new generation of folk-rockers took Guild guitars on stage.The most notable Guild performance of that era was on the D-40 that Richie Havens played when he opened the Woodstock Festival in 1969.During the 1960s, Guild moved aggressively into the electric guitar market, successfully promoting the Starfire line of semi-acoustic (Starfire I, II & III) and semi-solid (Starfire IV, V & VI) guitars and basses.Am sure it doesn't match the build quality of the US Guilds, but as has been stated, for value for money - outstanding!Hans is an active member of Let's Talk Guild so if other members can't answer a question he usually can.
I have always enjoyed Guild guitars (acoustic and electric) and find myself confused as to where the company actually builds their guitars. Am sure it doesn't match the build quality of the US Guilds, but as has been stated, for value for money - outstanding!
There are no corresponding model names or numbers available. It is probably worth more than the dollars you will sell it for.
I do get dozens of Emails a week thanking me for keeping this information on the web (and you are welcome) and asking questions about older Guild Guitars. If you are thinking of selling, check adds in Vintage Guitar Magazine, or on Guitar classified web pages and see what similar Guitars are selling for.
There are other resources for dating Guild guitars which you may also want to consult, such as: “The Guild Guitar Book” by Hans Moust, and “Gruhn’s Guide To Vintage Guitars” by George Gruhn.
Both are excellent references and may be quite helpful to you in both determining the year of production of your instrument as well as identifying specifications and a historical context for the instrument.