Precisely dating a martin guitar
For example, on the photo below this guitar is without doubt a H22 (You can type a model number, with the H, on the search box on top of this page).
The first part of the serial number has no precise meaning relative to the date of production.
In other words, if this guitar looks like a Meteor H70, it's a Meteor H70, no matter what's the stamped number inside.
- If your guitar is an acoustic, please read this and tell everyone about it : ALL Harmony acoustics were made from solid woods, even the lowest of the lower grade student model, made from solid birch.
Ok, there is some rare exceptions to this rule, for some very late models produced a couple of years before the close of the factory in 1976.
Kay was known for mastering the laminated techniques, Harmony for using only solid wooods.
Its very weird and I'm wondering if there was ever any rumors of misprints in the serial numbers. - Yes, it's definitely not rare to see "misprints" serial stamps inside Harmony guitars, between similar models.
They were made on the same assembly line at the factory, and of course the body was the same before routing the holes.
It looks like Harmony serial and date stamps were meant to manage the different parts and instruments on the production line, not to be used as reference by collectors 50 years later... - My brother has a Harmony Meteor in great shape but the the serial number is 84H8448. Do you think someone added the Meteor Label on the Headstock? - These stamped numbers inside Harmony made guitars were not intended as real serial numbers.
An exception to those rules is the late H68 "Artist", built from acoustic H1310 bodies, all solid.
Photos below : solid wood on an acoustic H1311, laminated on an electric H58 - No known professional is specialized in Harmony parts only.
H1 H1141 H1203 H1213 H1214 H1215 H1260 H1265 H1266 H1310 H1311 H1325 H1327 H14 H1407 H1414 H1415 H1456 H1457 H15 H15V H162 H165 H16B H16R H16W H17 H173 H174 H19 H22 H22/1 H27 H37 H38 H39 H41 H42 H44 H45 H46 H47 H48 H49 H50 H51 H53 H53/1 H54 H54/1 H55 H56 H56/1 H57 H58 H59 H59/1 H60 H62 H63 H64 H65 H66 H68 H7 H70 H71 H72 H73 H74 H75 H76 H77 H78 H79 H802 H81 H82 H82G H88 H929 H945 H950 H954 H956 - If you're a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it.
If you're a seller, the value is the minimum amount you accept to sell it.. You can check ebay for completed sales for the same model, but value on ebay is not value in a shop or elsewhere, for reasons.