Dating vintage washburn guitars
Well, we know right away that this is a Kay guitar from the metal plate on the headstock.
Along with Harmony and Washburn, Kay was one of the mass producers of guitars between the 1930s and 1960s in the Chicago area.
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Guitar Dating using Source Date Code Alembic Serial Numbers Aria Guitar Serial Numbers Ballurio Serial Numbers B. Rich Serial Numbers Blue Book Serialization Page Carvin Identification Danelectro Serial Numbers D'Angelico Serial Numbers Dobro Serial Numbers Dr.
The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number.
Through the years, (as well as through several different owners of the Guild Guitar company), some historical documentation has unfortunately been lost or destroyed.
The number I can see inside through an f-hole is “L 5573.” Could you please tell me what I have and what it’s worth?
Thanks, Joseph in Richmond, Kentucky Hey Joseph, Cool guitar!
Unfortunately, the records of Guild serial numbers prior to 1960 are somewhat sketchy, and so we are unable to assure the accuracy of dating before that time.