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In 1997, there were still some 4-digit serial numbers but most were 6-digit numbers of which the first two digits were the numbers 97.
In 1996 Tacoma instruments simply used a 4-digit serial number.
In 2008, Guild opened a factory in New Hartford, Connecticut, leading to two possible serial number variations for instruments built after that year; instruments built in the Tacoma factory begin with the letter "T," while instruments built in the New Hartford factory begin with "N." The second character in a post-2005 Guild Guitars serial number represents the year of manufacture, with "B" indicating the year 1998 and "J" indicating 2006.
The second character progresses through the alphabet with each passing year in sequence.
In cases where an instrument was returned to the factory for a neck replacement, requiring re-serialization, this final number will have been changed to a 5.
In this case, the 0 identifies it as a 1st quality instrument.Continue Reading Guild Guitars began to use a serial number system in 1965, but stopped between the years of 19.