Martin Guitar Serial Numbers, Find the Year – Lookup Martin Serial

Martin Guitar Serial Numbers: Find the Year – Lookup Martin Serial

    All Martin guitars since 1898 (except solidbody electrics from the 1970s, basses, and tiples) are numbered in consecutive order. Ukuleles do not have serial numbers. Mandolins use a different serial number system than guitars. Martin guitar serial numbers start at 8000 in 1898 because Martin estimated they made 8000 instruments before 1898. Model Numbers stamped above the Serial Number starting in 1930.
    Starting in October 1930, Martin also stamped the model number just above the serial number. Martin model numbers are straight forward too. The first set of characters are the body size. Next there is a “-“. The last set of numbers are the ornamention style.

    For example, “OO-28″ stamped above the martin guitar serial number tells use the body is “OO” size (14 5/16″ wide for a 14 fret model, 14 1/8″ wide for a 12 fret model), and the ornamention style is “28” (rosewood body, ice cream cone style neck).

Left: The model and serial numbers, as seen through the sound hole on the neck block of this 1950 D-28. Prior to October 1930, the model is NOT stamped on the neck block (you have to figure it out yourself!).
Right: The model and serial numbers, as seen through the sound hole of this 1944 D-18, serial number 90067. Notice the “1” in the “18” does somewhat look like a “2”. This confuses a lot of people who think their style 18 guitar is a style 28. Also the “D” is sometimes confused for an “0”.

    On round hole martin guitars, the serial and model numbers are stamped on the neck block inside the instrument. The number can be seen by looking inside the sound hole. Look at an angle towards the neck. All f-hole Martin archtops have their serial and model numbers stamped on the inside center of the backstripe, roughly under the shadow of the bridge (and best seen from the bass side “f” hole).

    The numbers listed here show the LAST serial number produced for that year. Martin produced all guitar serial number sequentially. These serial number apply to all Martin guitars, flat top and arch top. It does not apply to ukes (except for the first year, they do not have a serial number). Does not apply to Martin mandolins either (they have their own serial number system).

Year    Serial# Range (produced)      Year    Serial# Range (produced)
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1898    8001-8349 (347)               1950    112962-117961 (4999)
1899    8350-8716 (367)               1951    117962-122799 (4837)
1900    8717-9128 (411)               1952    122800-128436 (5636)
1901    9129-9310 (181)               1953    128437-134501 (6064)
1902    9311-9528 (217)               1954    134502-141345 (6843)
1903    9529-9810 (281)               1955    141346-147328 (5982)
1904    9811-9988 (177)               1956    147329-152775 (5446)
1905    9989-10120 (131)              1957    152776-159061 (6285)
1906    10121-10329 (208)             1958    159062-165576 (6514)
1907    10330-10727 (397)             1959    165577-171047 (5470)
1908    10728-10883 (155)             1960    171048-175689 (4641)
1909    10884-11018 (134)             1961    175690-181297 (5607)
1910    11019-11203 (184)             1962    181298-187384 (6086)
1911    11204-11413 (209)             1963    187385-193327 (5942)
1912    11414-11565 (151)             1964    193328-199626 (6298)
1913    11566-11821 (255)             1965    199627-207030 (7403)
1914    11822-12047 (225)             1966    207031-217215 (10184)
1915    12048-12209 (161)             1967    217216-230095 (12879)
1916    12210-12390 (180)             1968    230096-241925 (11829)
1917    12391-12988 (597)             1969    241926-256003 (14077)
1918    12989-13450 (461)             1970    256004-271633 (15629)
1919    13451-14512 (1061)            1971    271634-294270 (22636)
1920    14513-15484 (1335)            1972    294271-313302 (19031)
1921    15485-16758 (909)             1973    313303-333873 (20570)
1922    16759-17839 (1080)            1974    333873-353387 (19513)
1923    17840-19891 (2051)            1975    353388-371828 (18440)
1924    19892-22008 (2116)            1976    371829-388800 (16971)
1925    22009-24116 (2107)            1977    388801-399625 (10824)
1926    24117-28689 (4572)            1978    399626-407800 (8174)
1927    28690-34435 (5745)            1979    407801-419900 (12099)
1928    34436-37568 (3132)            1980    419901-430300 (10399)
1929    37569-40843 (3274)            1981    430301-436474 (6173)
1930    40844-45317 (4473)            1982    436475-439627 (3152)
1931    45318-49589 (4271)            1983    439628-446101 (6473)
1932    49590-52590 (3000)            1984    446102-453300 (7198)
1933    52591-55084 (2493)            1985    453301-460575 (7274)
1934    55085-58679 (3594)            1986    460576-468175 (7599)
1935    58680-61947 (3267)            1987    468176-476216 (8040)
1936    61948-65176 (3228)            1988    476217-483952 (7735)
1937    65177-68865 (3688)            1989    483953-493279 (9323)
1938    68866-71866 (3000)            1990    493280-503309 (10032)
1939    71867-74061 (2194)            1991    503310-512487 (9177)
1940    74062-76734 (2672)            1992    512488-522655 (10167)
1941    76735-80013 (3278)            1993    522656-535223 (12567)
1942    80014-83107 (3093)            1994    535224-551696 (16472)
1943    83108-86724 (3616)            1995    551697-570434 (18737)
1944    86725-90149 (3424)            1996    570435-592930 (22495)
1945    90150-93623 (3473)            1997    592931-624799 (31868)
1946    93624-98158 (4534)            1998    624800-668796 (43996)
1947    98159-103468 (5309)           1999    668797-724077 (55280)
1948    103469-108269 (4800)          2000    724078-780500 (56422)
1949    108270-112961 (4691)          2001    780501-845644 (65143)
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Year    Serial# Range (produced)      Year    Serial# Range (produced)




Important Serial Number Milestones.

  • 439xx to 44362: October 1930 first time both the body size & style number stamped on neckblock above the serial number (exact serial number change unknown).
  • 57305 = T frets first used and T bar first used (1934)
  • 59044-61181 = Martin stamp in back of peghead discontinued (1935)
  • 72740 = Change in nut width on 14-fret models from 1 3/4″ to 1 11/16″ (late 1939) on all non-slotted peghead models. Style 17 models with 14-fret body may have changed earlier.
  • 80585 = Ebony neck reinforcement started to be implemented during WW2 (1942)
  • 83107 = Last pre-WW2 style 45 guitar (1942).
  • 89926 = According to Martin, this is the approximate last scalloped braced guitar made (late 1944). Though some models have been seen after this number with scalloped braces, and before this number with tapered braces. (For example #90014 appears to be the last D28 with scalloped braces, and D-28 #88112 had tapered braces.)
  • 90021 = Snowflakes on D28 discontinued (1944). This is an approximate serial#.
  • 98223 = Last style 28 guitar made with Herringbone trim (early 1947).
  • 99992-100240 = Last style 28 guitars made with a “zipper back” center seam (mid 1947).
  • 197207 = Bridge pin holes moved back 1/16″ (1964).
  • 200601 = short saddle bridge (1965).
  • 205251 = 102C Grover machines on all “D” guitars (1965).
  • 211040 = Boltaron bindings on D-28 and D-35 (1966).
  • 212100 = Boltaron bindings on D-18 (1966).
  • 213775 = Boltaron rosettes (1966).
  • 215253 = New tape strips on sides (1966).
  • 216736 = Bridge pin holes moved to center (1966).
  • 217215 = Tortoise guards discontinued (1966).
  • 220467 = Last hand stamped serial/model numbers (1967).
  • 224079 = Kluson K324 tuners on all style 18 models (1967).
  • 226969 = Grover v100 tuners on all 0,00,000 models (1967).
  • 228246 = Square truss rod bar on D models (1967).
  • 235586 = Rosewood bridgeplates on all guitars (1968).
  • 242454 = Larger rosewood bridgeplates on all guitars (1969).
  • 254497 = Last style 28 guitar made with Brazilian rosewood (late 1969).
  • 254498 = East Indian rosewood introduced (1969, a model D-21).
  • 255717 = First D-41 model with Indian Roseood.
  • 256366 = First D-45 model with Indian Rosewood.
  • 350287 = Plastic saddles on D-18 models (1975).
  • 355357 = Plastic saddles on D-28 models (1975).
  • 360970-365831 = Rosewood vertical sidestrips (1975).
  • 370976 = Micarta nuts and saddles (1975).
  • 447004 = Self-adhesive pickguard trial (1984).
  • 447501 = Last glued-down pickguard in regular production (1984).
  • 453181 = Adjustable truss rods gradually implemented (1985).
  • 478093 = Maple bridgeplates on all guitars (1988).
  • 737277 = Last HD-28LSV with an Adirondack top (2000). Sitka spruce was used in regular production thereafter.

  • andrew jackson

    i have a c.f. martin guitar model 00021 serial number 03408 cant find nothing out about it thrugh serial number charts please help

  • admin

    Try the factory site: http://www.martinguitar.com/history/dating.html
    If that doesn’t help, contact them directly, I’m sure they’d be helpful.

  • Terry O’Dell

    Is there any way to identfy the style (size) or whether it was a sunburst,etc by the serial #?? Such as serial #71780. I know this would be a 1938 year but is there a directory by a specific serial # that tells you the rest of the info about that particular guitar????

  • stormyone

    I have a Martin acoustic #471742 I need to know the year it was made I am trying to sell it and need this imformation.

  • stormyone

    Sorry its a Martin D45 forgot to add that to my post..