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    Dating My DV-52 Satin

    I have a beautifully preserved, great sounding DV-52, and I can't get a clear determination on its date...the available charts from Guild and the Westerly Guild Guitars website don't show my DV-52's serial number up through 1999. Were DV-52's made after 1999 in Westerly, RI? The number is AD523851.
    Rich Cohen, Charlottesville, VA

    Guilds:
    2013 F-412 (NH)
    1975 F-212xl (Westerly)
    1974 F-48 w/ LR Baggs (Westerly)
    2001 DV-52S (Westerly)

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    The SN lists available don't cover the last years of Westerly. If he doesn't see this and respond, PM or e-mail LTGer Hans Moust... author of the Guild Guitar Book. He rescued many of the Westerly records when the factory closed, and will be able to give you the date...
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Cohen View Post
    I have a beautifully preserved, great sounding DV-52, and I can't get a clear determination on its date...the available charts from Guild and the Westerly Guild Guitars website don't show my DV-52's serial number up through 1999. Were DV-52's made after 1999 in Westerly, RI? The number is AD523851.
    In fact Hans Moust has mentioned the records actually only cover up through '97.
    DV52S (Satin) still shows on the '01 Westerly price list:
    http://westerlyguildguitars.com/files/Guild2001.pdf
    If you do want to contact Hans he prefers email because his mailbox here is perpetually full:
    http://www.guitarchives.nl/guitarsgalore/
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    Al
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    FWIW, my DV52 (SN AD523754) is from the year 2000, per Hans.
    Rick


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    Hans, in his usual style, answered an email from me about the DV-52. Mine was made in 2001. Where would we be without Hans!
    Rich Cohen, Charlottesville, VA

    Guilds:
    2013 F-412 (NH)
    1975 F-212xl (Westerly)
    1974 F-48 w/ LR Baggs (Westerly)
    2001 DV-52S (Westerly)

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    Mine is from 1994. My DV6 (mahogany versio of the DV52) is from 1997.
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    Is there not a date stamp somewhere on the neck block when viewed through the sound hole?

    That should be the body construction date.

    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchie View Post
    Is there not a date stamp somewhere on the neck block when viewed through the sound hole?

    That should be the body construction date.

    Steve.
    Hans emailed me saying that by 2001 the practice of placing the date stamp on the neck block had been discontinued.
    Rich Cohen, Charlottesville, VA

    Guilds:
    2013 F-412 (NH)
    1975 F-212xl (Westerly)
    1974 F-48 w/ LR Baggs (Westerly)
    2001 DV-52S (Westerly)

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