Martin guitar dating by serial number
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.
2003 916760 - 978706 2004 978707 - 1042558 2005 1042559 - 1115862 2006 1115863 - 1197799 2007 1197800 - 1268091 2008 1268092 - 1337042 2009 1337043 - 1406715 2010 1406716 - 1473461 2011 1473462 - 1555767 2012 1555768 - 1656742 2013 1656743 - 17555362014 1755537 - 1857399 2015 1857400 - 1972129 2016 1972130 - 2076795 2017 2076796 - Courtesy of Dave42 and others.
Also, thanks to ZZScotty for checking the revised serial number list for errors (which there were). The Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum is an independent Internet forum which is not in any manner related to or affiliated with C. Martin & Co., (The Martin Guitar Company) Nazareth, PA.
Since serial numbers weren't introduced until 1898, approximate dating of the earlier guitars can be accomplished by knowing when Martin made changes to their labels or to the brand, which can be found stamped into the back of the head, the upper part of the back, and just inside the soundhole on the long strut which reinforces the back joint. Ukuleles didn't have serial numbers, but Craig Thompson wrote, "I recently talked to the ukulele expert, Mike, at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.
They started stamping the model number on the head blocks of the instruments in October of 1930.
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.
Martin workers are allowed to build a guitar for their own use after they have been with the company a stipulated period.
Martin also built mandolins (introduced in 1895), ukuleles (introduced in 1915), taropatches (an 8-stringed ukulele), tiples (a 10-stringed ukulele), Hawaiian guitars, and tenor banjos (in 1923) plus a few custom instruments.
Some pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole.