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Hey FenderBender, Welcome to the forum. Dating Sigma guitars is not an exact science. AFAIK the serial numbers do not correspond to dates.
Others on the forum are way smarter than I, but I think the best that can be done is to narrow it down to a decade or two based on the country of origin and couple of other physical traits of the guitar. To the best of my knowledge, Sigma production began in Japan, moved to Korea, then I think Taiwan, and finally settled in Indonesia. Which means yours is a fairly recent model.
I'm guessing somewhere in the range of years old. As I said there are others who may be able to give you a better answer if you can post some pictures. The peg head, the rosette around the sound hole, and the paper label inside the guitar would help. BTW a Sigma is a fine choice for entry into the world of acoustics.
Ed Rhoades. I played it right after he strung it It's in great condition, just a few very small nicks and scratches, but I believe it's about 30 years old.
It has very little fret wear, making me think it hasn't been played, but it has some of that old wood tone. Other than the cutaway, and the name on the headstock, it looks and feels a lot like a D The top is solid with the closest grain I've ever seen. I need a magnifying glass to even see the lines. I've read about guitars opening up.
After I play it for about ten minutes, the tone seems warmer. I got it with a hard shell case for almost as much as a refretting costs.
I think dating your guitar is illegal in a lot of states. The early 70s models can be distinguished by a more squared peghea shaped similarly to that of a "spatula.
Martin logo, using the same typography. The sigma symbol is often described as a "sideways M. On right-handed models while playing a Sigma guitar the "sideways M" becomes "right side up" suggesting "M" for Martin.
By the mid s c the headstock logo design changed to a gold "Martin style" decal that said, "Sigma Guitars" in script with "Est.
The headstock shape was also modified to a deeper taper and shaped to resemble the Martin instruments. As is traditional with classical instruments, Sigma classical guitars do not have the headstock logo, and one must rely on the inner label for identification.
Sigma's made in Japan from through used a paper label to identify the model and serial number of the instrument. The model and serial numbers were usually stamped on in ink, but some are known to have been hand-penned. Early Korean made guitars show this same brand, only stating Made in Korea in place of Made in Japan.
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During later Korean made years c, Sigma transitioned back to paper labels and they stayed that way until the end of production in Indonesia in Under the best of circumstances, Sigma serial numbers can only provide an indicator of the year when a particular model was built.
This may be due to them being built in several Japanese factories at the same time with no coordination or tracking in the numbering system.
Other physical indicators or attributes, such as finish, trim, tuners, etc. I bought it new in Some early 70s Sigma guitar serial numbers c began with 7X0 suggesting the X build date e.
These were eight digits long, the third digit always a place-holding 0, while all others by then were still only five digit serial numbers further adding to the confusion. It is widely assumed by owners and Sigma historians alike that this is correct, though C.
Martin cannot, or will not confirm this. Sigma-Martin USA guitars built in and only, had specifically assigned serial numbers ranging fromto2, in total.
These serial numbers are documented by C. Martin completed and finished them alongside the regular Martin production line. Bridges and tuners may have been installed, as well final sanding and finishing before strings were installed and a final set-up was done.
Serial numbers for Sigma guitars built in South Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia are perhaps even more meaningless, though again some seem to indicate the year of manufacture e.
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Since we know these instruments were manufactured from through in these three countries, it is safe to assume that a serial number beginning with 81XXXXXX which I have personally seen were not produced in and that these serial number 'indicators' are not to be trusted.
In '79 the paper labels were discontinued and the inner back brace was "branded.
Nov 15, Hey FenderBender, Welcome to the forum. Dating Sigma guitars is not an exact science. AFAIK the serial numbers do not correspond to dates. Others on the forum are way smarter than I, but I think the best that can be done is to narrow it down to a decade or two based on the country of origin and couple of other physical traits of the guitar. Dating Gretsch Guitars. from countryconnectionsqatar.com Gretsch numbered most of their guitars chronologically, which would give a pretty accurate picture of when it was built, but specs were pretty fluid, to say the least, so the serial number and . In late Levin introduced its entire line of redesigned and modernized instruments that replaced the old models. Changes included cutaway on archtops, natural finish on some f-hole guitars and mandolins, and a line of nylon-string acoustics. Up to now, only the three top archtop guitar models (De Luxe, Solist and Royal), some early lutes.
These had an even fancier border. Some guitars made later in Taiwan and Indonesia have a different headstock shape and decal: The shape is more squared off at the top corners, while the decal states, "Sigma Guitars" on top with a miniature version of the "C.
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Some of these guitars also had the "Est " instead of the C. In the 70's Sigma produced a line of guitars with model numbers starting with 52S, e.
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While it was thought at one time that these were somehow 'special' and had solid tops, based on current research and scholarship, an emerging school of thought dismisses this notion.
Current documentation taken from the files at Martin indicate these models were produced by the Kasuga Gakki company as overload for the Tokai Gakki company.
Further, tests conducted on the 52S models with model numbers below "8" show that they are, in fact, wholly laminate bodies. These guitars are thoroughly inspected and prepared by Martin craftsmen at our factory and carry a limited lifetime warranty.
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Other Sigma instruments included mandolinsbanjosacoustic and electric bass guitars and solid-body and hollow body electric guitars. It has been suggested that these Second Generation branded instruments were the precursor, or pilot program for what has now become C.
Martins own in-house, less expensive, "LX" series of laminated wood guitars . Martin and relaunched Sigma Guitars worldwide. Martin had, inexplicably allowed their rights to the Sigma brand name in US territories to lapse. United States law states that: In contrast to copyright or patent law, trademark protection does not have a set duration or definite expiration date. Trademark rights Martins intended sale of the brand to AMI and has been revived by St.
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From to approximately . From approximately to . The issue of whether or not Sigma guitars are solid wood or "plywood"laminate wood has been a source of controversy and confusion for many years now. All known Sigma guitars have laminated sides and back wood.
This is no longer in question. The answer to the question "Are Sigma guitars solid wood or laminate? The top wood is another matter entirely. Many had laminated tops. There were only a few types of tuning machines used during these years. All were basic and inexpensive. There are three different shapes of the buttons on these tuners.
Oval in the early models, a more square shape ala' Schaller in style in the middle years, and a keystone shape, or 'wing' on later versions. The lesser 6-string models, such as the DM Mahogany series, had open-backed, 3-on-a-plate non-adjustable "economy" tuners in the earliest years.
Later ones, were individual machines, but looked exactly the same from the front. More upscale models, such as the DR Rosewood series, had the same tuners only with chromed cover over them.
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