Archtops are the other umbrella category of acoustic guitars. First introduced in 1922, the guitar didn’t become popular until the 1930s, when guitars in general overtook banjos as the stringed instrument most beloved by the public. As for D’Angelico, it offered the incomparable Excel.Other vintage acoustic guitars favored by collectors are the so-called cowboy guitars from the 1930s through the 1950s.I believe all the other numbers mean are the production number that it came off the assembly line. Contact Fender Customer Support Before buying it[/quote] Great advice, customer support replied very quickly with the full details of the guitar.
I turned to the Internet to do some more networking which resulted in a major turn of events as I met two individuals who have become instrumental partners in this project: Greg Huntington and Devin Riebe.
Some of the most collectible vintage Martin flat tops include the Dreadnoughts from the 1930s, but any 12 or 14-fret steel-string models from the mid-1920s until the mid-1940s will bring a good price.
The best part about collecting Martin guitars is that the company has made it so easy—vintage Martin guitars from 1898 to the present are easy to date because each instrument has an individual serial number. Gretsch competed with both companies via its line of Synchromatics, which had a cat’s-eye sound hole (Gibson and others went with more traditional f-holes).
In the fall of 1965, Fender switched from stamping these numbers in black ink, to dark green ink.
I have a black Squier II Strat E974674 made in Korea with a maple neck made by Young Chang in 1989, a maple neck Tele Affinity CY07124821 made by Yako (Taiwan) in 2007, and a Jagmaster CY07068454 also made by Yako in 2007.
Guitar shops will give you next to nothing for trades, I would suggest selling privately or one of the many online "rummage sale" sites.