Some pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole. I just bought a k-40 archtop guitar, 1941-42 from what I have read. It should also be noted that the Nashville plant has not reached the 900s since 1977, so these numbers have been reserved for prototypes. Finding the identity of a bass is a fun thing enjoy! Usually the stores would re-brand the guitar to their store guitar name like Silvertone or Catalina, etc. Early 70's Kay strat copies are so so guitars. That old Les Paul now costs as much as your house, or more. Players and collectors consider D'Angelico Excel and New Yorker models to be amoung the finest archtop guitars ever made.
Internal Harmony marking for model H929 made in the Fall of 1970 F-70. By 1961, a half Kalventor headstock was used. The thing that sets it apart from the norm is the maple stripe running through the middle of the fret board. That is professional grade restoration that comes with a 15 month warranty- try finding that anywhere else on a 75 year old instrument! Nice examples are rare and always in high demand. Thanks a lot dear friends for the help : Here's why this is driving well, at least me us crazy! It's in great condition, seems to be all original and I believe it's from the 70's.
Begin with whether it is an electric, acoustic or hollow body and its color. The identification inside is N2 and L5586. The trim and pick guard are done in a multi brown tone. My 1943 Kay M1 has machine stamped numbers where as my 1937s, 1939, 1941 and 1942 are penciled in. I'm wondering about the year of manufacture and the small size. My fathre in law saw on antique roadshow that some were made in the 30s and given tokids by Gibson for being in some sort of seed contest. Stromberg's workmanship is generally considered amoung the best, though not quite as good as D'Angelico archtops.
I just bought this guitar with no markings and am driving myself crazy digging around trying to figure out what it is. Thus, the older Gibson guitars may have a serial number and a Factory Order Number. I was also told the model is a k6533, but can't find any relevant info. My boyfriend recently acquired a Kraftsman guitar, but I am having trouble finding any info on one. For the most accurate identification you would need to contact the Gibson Guitar Corporation itself. I may need to get the neck reset but it will be worth it, the sound is fantastic! I was told that it was made in 1939, is there any way to determine if that is correct? Be very careful shopping for guitars like that.
By the late 1970s the company was selling blatant copies: No. The body is light colored with double F hole cutaway and has K42 8449 stamped inside. The serial number would properly indicate the actual date of the guitar. This design only lasted till the end of 1961 when the Kelvinator headstock was completely dropped. Like, they ran out of stickers on the date of manufacture and just wrote the model number and serial number on the inside of the back where the sticker would normally appear. Who's going to practice re-setting a neck on a 12 grand Gibson? Usually the plate on the back had a Made in Japan sticker. Solidbody models with control plates have the label somewhere inside the control cavity.
I've never seen a Kay instrument without a penciled serial number though they can be buried under layers of dirt! If you've ever tried resetting a neck on a guitar like that you know it is worth every penny the guy is charging. Either this a one of a kind, or I haven't found the right website. I have had 60's Kay's like Mickey mentioned. Nice factory original tailpieces but incorrect date or time period are generally ok because they can usually be traded easily for the correct model. Thats a Kay N-1, Jack White has one. It's a great way to learn lutherie. Best of all, Reverb puts your listing in front of the largest audience of musicians in the world, so you can be sure you're getting the most value out of your sale.
It had a DeArmond pickup in the sound hole and it amplified the quality of the guitar perfectly. Starting in 1958 came with a full Kelvinator headstock. . But it looked like it might be a fun little mod platform. D'angelico, Stromberg, Kay, Hofner vintage guitars history and collecting.
The second type of serial numbers used started with an A prefix and ran from 1947 to 1961. But they did have a serial number either penciled in or machine stamped in black ink or blue ink. Most online collections are categorized by year and model see Resources. Sears, in fact, owned Harmony for some years. Any modifications change the value.
Some banjo models have the serial number stamped on the inside of the rim. Well, you had already provided just what I was looking for; I simply didn't look far enough before placing my message. Interesting but not so cool lol The guy I bought it from said it was from the 60s, but this was a car boot dealer as in, not just someone getting rid of stuff just to get rid of it, it was someone selling for profit so I wouldn't trust what he said 100%. You are not permitted to re-use any text, information, or graphical elements on your own website; you may post links to it, or small excerpts, on message boards if properly attributed and linked back to our pages. Starting in 1958 came with full Kelvinator headstock.
I would like to know what year it was made and if it's worth anything. The light blue number f-70 represents Fall 1970, which was when this guitar was made. They also have early numbers penciled inside. I love those old archtop acoustics. So, nothing at all like yours. It is also missing the pickgaurd.