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.Some of those include variables such as refinished bodies or necks, replaced parts, refrets, and overall condition of the guitar.Original and mint condition will catch the highest values for your instruments.
Definition: lawsuit guitars are high quality copies of popular American brand name guitars (like Fender and Gibson) produced by Japanese companies in the 1970s.
The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number.
Through the years, (as well as through several different owners of the Guild Guitar company), some historical documentation has unfortunately been lost or destroyed.
If the guitar has been altered, it can depreciate the value of the guitar tremendously.
If you are having trouble finding the date of the guitar you are researching, try emailing the manufacturer and see if they can help date the instrument.