Both acoustic and electric guitars have metal parts that may be tarnished or dirty on an old guitar. Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day. But there are some obvious indicators—if it starts with a five, for instance. The Epiphone number series is different than the A-series used on Gibson brand instruments of the same period. Epiphone was the only banjo company to successfully switch to guitar production. Try to figure out whether you're dealing with something oil-based or water-based, as that could determine how you can best get it off.
Locate the last four or five numbers in the code. Serial Numbers, 1951 to 1956, acoustic and electric guitars. To find out the age and value of a guitar can take a lot of research, and may require you to bring in an expert. Staff there will have intimate knowledge of that particular guitar brand, and may recognize details others would not. This scheme is not 100% consistent due to a number of production factors, such as Fender producing more serialized decals than needed in a given year. As with Gibson solidbody guitars of the same period, the first digit of the serial number is the last digit of the year. It is a Ibanez Epiphone guitar with no model or serial numbers on it.
You will then have to retune it. The letter at the beginning represents the month, so J would be March see chart above. You can remedy this by stretching the strings several times. Dating your guitar If all else fails Ask us here in the forum. Depending on the maker of the guitar, your guitar's individual serial number may give you a better idea how old the guitar is. From 1950 to 1956, Fender stamped serial numbers up to 10,000 on the butt end of the neck heel.
Best Regards, kcbuck There has alway been a lot of questions concerning the estimated values of various makes of guitars presented posted on axecentral. The second letter is the month; June. Give it a new set of quality strings so you can properly evaluate the sound of the instrument. The binding was made of celluloid, and glued in place with an Acetone based glue. Our customers want serial numbers to be formatted a certain way—like they used to be. If your guitar is made of such a wood, or contains other rare materials, it is not only fairly old but may be extremely valuable.
The second letter is the month; March. In-Hand Appraisals Appraisals are available at the shop during regular business hours. Loosen or remove the strings you'll probably want to replace them anyway so you can clean the fingerboard and frets. Epiphone Serial Numbers How to Find the Year. Made in Japan, 1986-1989: -letter-. Unit number 333 in this case. If this part is taken to a saxophone repair shop, often they can repair it best to do this while it's cracked, and before it breaks.
Hey, I'm 15 and just started messing around with one of my dad's guitars he left me in his will. A few early models have block letter logos. Numbers thanks to Walter Carter. You can use a special microfiber guitar cloth, available wherever guitars are sold, but an old cotton T-shirt works just fine. In this Article: Maybe you picked up an old guitar at a yard sale for a few bucks, or maybe you've noticed a few dusty axes in your grandparents' attic. Last updated: July 17 2007. The last four numbers are the unit number; 11.
The information contained in this guide was culled from our archives of Fender price lists and catalogs, beginning with 1968. They have more familiarity with the characteristics of various vintage guitars. If they don't, it could indicate that the guitar's neck was replaced at some point, or that the guitar was built from spare parts and is not an original build. . It is essential to identify exactly what the vintage of a given instrument is.
After tuning the guitar, stretch the strings again. The weight of the guitar alone is about 20 to 25 pounds and the case is hard shell with a beautiful blue velvet interior. Try to figure out whether you're dealing with something oil-based or water-based, as that could determine how you can best get it off. How much is it worth, or is it even a good guitar? Eight numbers, like so: 10918111. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. Year Number Range ---- ------------ 1932 5000 to 5999 1933 6000 to 7199 1934 7200 to 7999 1935 8000 to 9999 1936 10000 to 10999 1937 11000 to 11999 1938 12000 to 12999 1939 13000 to 14499 1940 14500 to 15999 1941 16000 to 17499 1942 17500 to 18199 1943 18200 to 18999 1944 19000 to 20999 Serial Numbers, 1935 to 1944, electric instruments only.
Any ideas on how to find it at least? We must also remember, that our guitars are always worth more to us than they are to others, but we have to be realistic in setting a price for our guitars if we expect to sell them. Who knows how long it was waiting in the Fender factory before finding its way into a Tele? Look for a date marker on the neck. His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument see image. A friend who plays guitar may be willing to help you out for free. But please remember to provide pictures and as much information as possible.
Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. A few drops of dish detergent diluted in water may work. . If you're comfortable taking off the neck of your guitar, you may find a date marker on the inside. As noted below, guitar price guides are invaluable in running down the pedigree of the instrument. As mentioned above, however, there are many specialty collectors willing to pay more for a less in-demand guitar if it fills a missing spot in their collection.