In Tacoma instruments simply used a 4-digit serial number. In , there were still some 4-digit serial numbers but most were 6-digit numbers of which the first two digits were the numbers In , Tacoma introduced a serial numbering scheme that is still in use today. Successive years are associated with the alphabet in sequence.
Guild Guitar Company
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A vintage Guild is an American guitar with an American guitar story. The Guild Company has lived the gamut of human experience. It was created, went through a strong but turbulent adolescence, experienced marriage, blended families, loss and rebirth. In the s, Gibson acquired its chief competitor Epiphone, and in many ways Guild emerged as a high-quality alternative to those two companies. Co-founded by a former Epiphone executive, George Mann, and a music store owner, Alfred Dronge, Guild set up shop in in New York City, amid both session jazz guitarists and the craftsmen from the Gretsch and Epiphone factories.
If you love guitars as much as I do, the cost of collecting these instruments can take a toll on the checkbook, so one of my favorite pastimes is spelunking in the local pawn shops or perusing the local Craigslist ads. However, this is also one of the easiest ways to get ripped off. Knowing how to spot a fake versus the real thing is key if you are going to partake in this activity, particularly in this day in age where the counterfeit guitar problem worsens by the day almost. A counterfeit guitar is a real nuisance. So before you get stuck with a fake guitar from a charlatan calling himself a guitar dealer, learn the telltale signs.
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