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Vintage Guitar Dating by Serial Number



Guitar Dating | Vintage Guitar Dating

Page Update 3/7/2016


Dating a Guitar to locate the year it was made - Locate the year your guitar was made to find out the possible value depending on condition. Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars.  Guitar dating services provide serial numbers to date your guitar.  Below we have listings of guitar dating and serial number information sites and other resources.  

While dating your electric guitar or acoustic guitar can be tricky, the places listed below should give you an idea of the date for your vintage guitar through its serial number.  There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.  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.  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.  Usually the more original the guitar, the better it holds its value.  It is a good idea is to check out the Blue Book Of Electric Guitars in order to get a quality value of your vintage guitar, based on its condition.  The following are vintage, electric, and acoustic guitar dating and serial number websites.  Also, visit our Guitar Pedal Dating page to date your vintage guitar effects pedals or our Guitar Amp Dating page.

Vintage Guitar Dating and Serial Number Sites


  • Gibson Serial Numbers and Gibson Guitar Dating - Blue Book Publications Inc. now handles Gibson Serial Numbers and Dating.  Click on the Free Serialization Section.  You Can see Gibson Vintage Guitar Serial Numbers from 1977 to Present.   For Serial Number info prior to 1977 Gibson offers downloadable .pdf files for their serial numbers prior to 1977.  Just follow this link and scan down to the bottom of the page to find the download link.  Also available Gibson Electric and Acoustic Vintage Guitar Descriptions from the Blue Book of Electric Guitars.  You can also email Gibson Customer Service and they are pretty good about getting back to you with Gibson dating information or Call 1-800-4GIBSON. Gibson Serial Numbers or Gibson Serial Number Info.


  • Jackson Serial Numbers - Find Guitar Serial Numbers for Jackson Bolt on Neck Modes and Neck Through Body Models


  • Martin & Co. - Find Serial Number and Date your Martin Acoustic Guitar


  • Epiphone - General Epiphone Guitar information including serial numbers and specs.


  • Gretsch - Find information on Vintage Gretsch Guitars including serial numbers, model numbers, specs, and more.



  • Rickenbacker - Sometimes spelled Rickenbacker Guitars - valuable serial numbers, model information, and production numbers.  


  • Dobro - Includes vintage and more recent Dobro serial numbers along with plenty of pictures.


  • Antique Vintage Guitar Info - Visit this site for more vintage guitar history, pictures, and valuable vintage guitar dating information.   One of the better resources for guitar dating and history on the web today.


  • Peavey Guitar Dating - Try the Peavey forum to Date your Peavey Guitar.  The only way we know to date your Peavey Guitar including dating your Peavey Wolfgang and others is to ask Peavey through their forum.  You have to submit a question to the Peavey company and include the serial number.


  • Guitar Pedal Dating By Pot (Potentiometer) - Visit The Guitar Dater Project website to enter your guitar, vintage guitar, and electronic music equipments pot code, pot number, or potentiometer code to approximately date your guitar.


  • Source Date Codes - Find Approximate Dates for older American Guitar Electronics through source code dating.  Detailed explanations for how source date codes work, manufacturers codes, date codes, and how to read the pot codes.



  • Jedi Star - One of the largest free lists of guitar dating and serial number information.