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Dating Martin Guitars
Martin Guitar Serial Dating - Guitar Nucleus
All Martin guitars since except solidbody electrics from the s, basses, and tiples are numbered in consecutive order. Ukuleles do not have serial numbers. Mandolins use a different serial number system than guitars. Martin guitar serial numbers start at in because Martin estimated they made instruments before Model Numbers stamped above the Serial Number starting in Starting in October , Martin also stamped the model number just above the serial number.
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Since serial numbers weren't introduced until , approximate dating of the earlier guitars can be accomplished by knowing when Martin made changes to their labels or to the brand, which can be found stamped into the back of the head, the upper part of the back, and just inside the soundhole on the long strut which reinforces the back joint. Until the brand read "C. Martin New York", when it was changed to "C. New York. From before until Charles A.
So you need to figure out the date of your Martin guitar. It's actually a lot easier than you may think. Unlike the nebulous web of varying schemes and numbering systems used by companies like Gibson over the decades, Martin has employed a single string of serial numbers for a vast majority of its guitars going all the way back to This means that just using the serial number of your Martin will give a very accurate date of when the guitar left the line. The Martin serial number sequence starts at which is how many guitars the firm had estimated it had produced from its inception to when they started the serial sequence at the end of the 19th century.