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.
Unfortunately, records for Guild guitars prior to 1960 are somewhat unreliable, where they exist at all, so we are unable to fully assure the accuracy of dating before that time but we have been able to ascertain some last serial numbers which may help.
For example Staffordshire Waterways, by Staffordshire County Council Education Department, makes reference to (1765) “Great quantities of flint stones used by the potteries in Staffordshire brought to Hull and thence to Willington in Derbyshire to be forwarded by packhorse; and the fine ale made at Burton upon Trent and exported to Germany and several parts of the Baltic”.
Hops, grain and malt were also carried to Burton via the river Trent.
For 19, Guild returned to the system which used a separate serial number prefix for each guitar model, and also the first and last serial number produced for each model in each given year.
MODEL 1994 1995 1996 GUILD CUSTOM SHOP GUITARS The Guild Custom Shop 45th Anniversary, Deco and Finesse models use a completely different serial numbering scheme.
Below is a short history by Harry Hines: Use of the river Trent, which runs through the town, had been tried since Roman times but the further inland, the smaller the boats that could be used.
The winter flooding and shallows in the summer proved insurmountable, however cargo could be carried from the sea as far south as Wilden Ferry, where the river Derwent joins the river Trent and increases the quantity of water, then onwards by road.
The Bond End Canal was once an important link between the Grand Trunk Canal and the river Trent.
Jannel Cruisers started business in 1973 in the tiny part that was left of Shobnall Basin.
MODEL 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 The following chart displays the first and last serial numbers of guitars produced in each given year (1970 to 1979).
YEAR FIRST NUMBER PRODUCED LAST NUMBER PRODUCED Between the years 19, Guild returned to the system which used a separate serial number prefix for each guitar model.
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.