Serial numbers and approximate date of manufacture Dating Rickenbackers from 1961 to 1986 Serial letters and numbers were stamped on the jackplate. The first letter gives the year (starting with A for 1961) and the second letter is the month of manufacture, A through L. Dating Rickenbacker models from 1987 to 1991 From 1987 to 1991 the dating is a little different. The first letter on jackplate is the month and the number is the year starting with 1987 represented by "0".
Now we are looking for a letter and a number above the jack. For example a A0= a January, 1987 manufacture date and C2= March 1989 manufacture date.
Number Date 2000 - 3000's 1949 or 1950 4000 - 5000's 1951 5000 - 6000's 1952 6000 - 8000's 1953 9000 - 12000's 1954 12000 - 16000's 1955 17000 - 21000's 1956 22000 - 26000's 1957 27000 - 30000's 1958 30000 - 34000's 1959 34000 - 39000's 1960 39000 - 45000's 1961 46000 - 52000's 1962 53000 - 63000's 1963 63000 - 84000's 1964 New Serial Number Scheme 1965 to 1972 The first 2 digits show Month (Jan = 1 and Dec = 12).
Next digit shows the last digit of the year starting with 5, i.e. The remaining numbers show the production order of the instrument for the year so if the last 3 digits are 759 this would be the 759th instrument produced that year.
Because these Seagulls are built from start to finish with painstaking detail and craftsmanship in La Patrie, complete control on quality and consistency is delivered on every Seagull model.
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Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.
Another New Serial Number Scheme 1973 to 1981 A number is impressed into back of the headstock.
The 1 or 2 digits before the hyphen show the month (1=Jan, 12=Dec.) The first digit after hyphen shows the last digit of year.
Most models are available with either the Godin Quantum I electronics (featuring an under saddle transducer) or the Godin Quantum II electronics (with both a transducer and small microphone which can be blended together).
Seagull Guitars have also released a "compound-curve" top design on all of their lines.
If you have been around long enough to read about quality acoustic guitar manufacturing practices, you will learn that some great instruments come out of Canada.