Two other highly reliable resources for dating Guild instruments are The Guild Guitar Book and Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars, both of which are excellent references that often prove helpful with questions regarding dating, specifications and historical context of many Guild instruments.Unfortunately, once again, records of Guild serial numbers before 1960 are at best sketchy, preventing us from being able to assure dating accuracy before that year.I was wondering if any Guild owners have tried to date and verify their model guitar.
There are no corresponding model names or numbers available.
The F25 should have the chesterfield logo and mine does not.
I then found a couple random versions of their dating scheme like here, or here.
Given the variety of numbering schemes Guild seems to have used over the years, this is a distinct possibility.
As for the number itself, note that the number given for each model/year is the last number produced that year, placing your number in 1990 -- assuming that it was numbered correctly, of course. Maybe I'll use this as a selling piece when the time comes ... this isn't just ANY ordinary Guild JF-30 12 String, NO, no, no...