Tacoma guitar dating
In 1972, under Guild's new president Leon Tell, noteworthy guitarist/designer Richard "Rick" Excellente came up with the design.It is still made, copied by virtually every guitar manufacturer."B" equals 1998 (first year of production), "C" equals 1999, and so forth.Then the next 3 numbers are the Julian calendar day of production. Fender acquired them in October of 2004 and closed the factory sometime in 2008.Well made, easy to play, good fit and finish, great for travel. 2016 Franzke A5 Custom w/Rubner tuners & James Tailpiece & Mc Clung Armrest 2008 Collings MT2-O w/Mc Clung Armrest 2014 JBovier A5T w/Grover 308 tuners & Mc Clung Armrest 2017 Kentucky KM-272 w/SOliver Armrest 2015 Blueridge BR-40TCE Tenor to Octave Mandolin conversion 2016 Morgan Monroe Mandocello I see references to pre- and post-Fender involvement, but I can't seem to find any guide for dating by the serial number. I liked the Epiphone MM-50E I played, but I have no need for the electrics.I really like the look and sound of an F-style, the Tacoma was a good compromise for the price. spumwuzzle According to my local expert, aka the "World Wide Web", Tacoma used serial numbers that start with a letter code that tells you year of production.
They were well made instruments, the only complaint I ever heard was the glossy models had a problem with peeling lacquer, but the M1 is satin I think and so not as much a problem.
The decline of the folk and acoustic market in the later '70s and early '80s put severe economic pressure on the company.
While instrument specialists generally concede that quality suffered at other American competitors, Guild models from the '70s and '80s are considered still made to the high-quality standards the Westerly plant was known for.
During the 1960s, Guild moved aggressively into the electric guitar market, successfully promoting the Starfire line of semi-acoustic (Starfire I, II & III) and semi-solid (Starfire IV, V & VI) guitars and basses.
A number of early West-Coast psychedelic bands used these instruments, notably guitarists Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia and bassist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, as well as Jefferson Airplane's bassist Jack Casady.
They were going to resume production somewhere on the East Coast but that ever happened.