There should be some indication as to where it was made on the headstock. As to your question in the first line, the Epiphone side of the forum usually dies down in the mid afternoon. I might try and sell it to get a newer better one. The next three digits are the model number, without the 6 at the beginning. This will give you an idea of what the market is willing to pay. This only pertains the pre-Fender Korean-made guitars.
But please remember to provide pictures and as much information as possible. These pencilled-in numbers often fade and become illegible, or even disappear. It was basically a suped-up Les Paul Special in its day and was sold in a Starter Pack with the Studio-10 amplifier. From my experience, guitar stores rarely know guitar model info aside from the basics. Yes, welcome to the Gibson Forums. Most of these reviews mention how much the owner paid for the guitar. I use the Blue Book for all of my evaluation needs and I have found it to be accurate and extremely useful.
To the right and below, you will find some images that will hopefully help you to locate the complete serial number on your instrument. You may be able to find reviews which mention now much an owner paid for a guitar similar to yours. It was founded by Torakusu Yamaha as Nippon Gakki Company, Limited. The Sigma series also included banjos and mandolins also constructed with laminated ply backs and sides. Guitar shows are also very fun to attend. I recommend contacting dealers who regularly buy and sell instruments for their knowledge and experience in the sales market. Do you think I should give the internet a try or just sell it to the shop? Even if you post a picture, we may not be able to tell you whether or not anything is wrong with the instrument.
Determining the Value Once you have the above information in hand, you can get a general idea of the value by searching for your guitar on eBay. Once you sort out what you have I can assist you. It is one of the oldest and most respected vintage guitar and trade shows in the industry. I am very proud to be a part of their show and I highly recommend this event to any serious buyer or player. I restrung it kind of and tried to learn some songs on it. In the late '60s the labels returned on most models.
Once I know the above I can assist you. You are a self-professed noob, and there is nothing wrong with that, but despite the fantastic pool of knowledge and good will present in these Forums, sometimes you are better off to head down to the music store, guitar in hand, to see what they have to say. As a long time friend of Glen Campbell's, I have his electric dobro that he toured with in the sixties, and did session work with. Still, they are very cool guitars. The Model number is not necessary to find the date of manufacture. I sincerely love this vintage Martin guitar with all my heart and I want to thank Tom for his kindness and generosity.
You're correct that they probably wouldn't give you much in cash or in trade, but they would examine the guitar for free and give a pretty accurate assessment of the situation. I think it's gotta be worth at least a couple thousand bucks. But it is nice to find the stores that will go a little out of their way to help. There are a few sites that provide Yamaha serial number look ups to determine the year. Yamaha Guitar Values Do you have a Yamaha guitar and would like to know how much it is worth? Modern era Pre-Fender serial numbers Serial numbers have six numbers, with a three digit suffix. Buckle wear on the back, but no major dings or scratches Still sets up like a dream and plays nicely.
I currently own approximately 25 guitars — they are tools for me to carry out my dreams, using the gifts God has blessed me with. Thanks to Mike Lewis of Fender for detailing the current numbering system. Also, they arent going to give you an honest eveluation of its worth. If you can read correctly mine is an Original Contour. You must also determine whether your guitar is in Original Condition. I'm have some second thoughts about keeping it, I think it should be in a museum or Something. The headstock logo is the vintage type.
. Nevertheless, if it has all the typical '57 features, it is considered a '57 model, not a '56. Most people do a little research on their own before visiting us by searching. You can also search for your guitar in the Harmony Central reviews. And although the Super-slide satin finish sounds super-cool and all, Its probably not any different than the satin finished necks these days. The current Masterbilt series still uses this headstock shape.
Do you have a guitar that you would like to have information about? Vintage Guitar Values Determining the value of a vintage guitar is a complicated process. I'd fix it and have it set up and it should be a good player for you. On the white part, the serial number is printed, and the model number should be handwritten. Many of my visitors ask about vintage guitar values. For those who have never experienced vintage gear, I urge you to do so. In closing, vintage pieces are just wonderful to own and can cause a huge addiction. Turn that guitar into cash today! I hope you decide to try to play your instrument before you simply sell it off for the bucks.
I have found this service to be accurte and extremely useful. Internet Searches Obviously the internet is a tremendous resource but some still find it difficult to locate information. Very difficult to date a Samick, except by looking at model details against catalogue models. The guitar has not been touched since the day he died 2008-09. Is it the Stratacoustic, the Deluxe, or the Standard Stratacoustic. Anyways, so I should post a pic to help out? Instrument value will be based not only on the model and year of an instrument but also it's condition. Refinishing a guitar is the worst offender in this respect.