Dating madeira guitar
Unfortunately, it's IMPOSSIBLE to find a single source of information on these beauties.
Fender (who now owns Guild) has NOTHING other than the Guild Guitar book in terms of historical info.
There are other resources for dating Guild guitars which you may also want to consult, such as: "The Guild Guitar Book" by Hans Moust, and "Gruhn's Guide To Vintage Guitars" by George Gruhn.
Both are excellent references and may be quite helpful to you in both determining the year of production of your instrument as well as identifying specifications and a historical context for the instrument.
While there are some holes in the historical record, as well as a few anomalies, inconsistencies, and obvious errors in the dating charts, the information complied and presented here is the most comprehensive data we have available for dating Guild guitars.
Please refer to the guides before each chart for information on how to interpret the data.
from this Guild economy line--which apparently was most active in the seventies and early eighties?
__________________ Guild CO-2 Guild JF30-12 Guild D55 Goodall Grand Concert Cutaway Walnut/Italian Spruce Santa Cruz Brazilian VJ Taylor 8 String Baritone Blueberry - Grand Concert Magnum Opus J450 Eastman AJ815 Parker PA-24 Babicz Jumbo Identity Walden G730 Silvercreek T170 Charvell 150 SC Takimine G406s I've had my Madiera A30M for about 40 years now. It immediately gets attention as soon as I take it out of the case.
I own a Madeira A-30M and after discovering this site, find that I'm in good company.
I have never tried another guitar south of 00 that could compare.
I see quite a variety of headstocks and I'd love to get them in chronological order.
I'd also be happy to pick someone's brain who perhaps dealt with these models in the 70's and 80's--either via this forum, email or even on the telephone and I'll take notes!