Models included the F-112, F-212, F-412, F-512, and the mythical F-612. Unfortunately, the “F” and “D” series were developed independently of one another, so an F-50 is not always going to have the same trim and features as a D-50.With that being said, generally the 20, 25, 35 and 40 series were mahogany back and sides with a spruce top. Guild used Brazilian Rosewood in the early years for these guitars and had a similar cut-off to the other builders in approximately 1970.
Since then, the company has changed hands several times.
With the exception of a custom shop built in Nashville in 1995, the instruments were still built in the Westerly factory until 2001.
The veneer issue appears to have been mostly fixed by the time production moved to Westerly. Dreadnoughts were denoted by “D” or “G” and showed up in several series: D-25, D-35, G-37, D-40, G-41, D-50, D-55, etc.
Additional variations were issued throughout the 1980s and '90s.
Assuming you cannot find a date on the guitar, the next step if to find a serial number. It must be noted that not all serial numbers have meaning but in many cases the serial number includes date of manufacture and other information.
Here are the common locations: Once you have found the serial number it is simply a matter of referring to a resource to decode the number/letters.
Not all serial numbers have published information about decoding them and unfortunately some manufacturers have not kept records or aren't around any more to ask.
A vintage Guild is an American guitar with an American guitar story.
Dronge hired the right people from around the world to build the first guitars.
By late 1956, the company had outgrown its 1500-square-foot loft in NYC and moved across the Hudson River to a factory in Hoboken, New Jersey.
On a number of brands such as Fender and Standel a date is written either on the base of the neck or on the guitar body where the neck joins.