Hi I just bought a blonde „1939“ J-35 in apparently good condition. Disappointingly, I cannot see any number on the neck block, headstock or anywhere. Will take pics, but in meantime here is webpage of the guitar on the dealer’s website – I didn’t pay this price for it: for providing the J35 information.Looking back at the website of the dealer I bought from, I now see it was listed as „c. Maybe there’s a FON impressed onto the neckblock but it’s faded and hard to read. The one I have belonged to my FIL and he played it all the time until his death.i will send a pic best as i can make out the serial # appears to be 5226G-16 with the 16 penciled in red.
Your commitment and willingness to share your extensive knowledge is greatly appreciated! the tuning pegs were traded out years ago and i don’t know where the originals are.Do you own a Martin Guitar or are you looking to buy an older Martin Guitar and want to verify the model number and the date of it's build? These number include all Martin Guitars, but do not include Mandolins, Basses and Electric Guitars. For most Martin Acoustic Guitars with a round sound hole, both the serial number and the model number are stamped on the head or neck block, inside the instrument.In the table matrix below is a listing of all the acoustic guitars made by C. You can easily see the numbers by peering through the sound hole while holding the instrument up to a strong natural light source or with a flashlight.These archtop guitars are included within the matrix below as well. I read recently that the first two numbers are the year, but this seems wrong to me at least sometimes. is a a statement about goya made hagstrom from 1959-61 on this page: following site is running a registry so you might be able to match your serial with a time period..deduce a coding system...Very rare opportunity being local and all I got to see it, play it, discuss it before purchase…. You can imagine my excitement upon discovering the very same guitar registered here on this site….awsome! I was trying at the time to get money together for my getaway and had to pass on the offer, which decision turned out to be one of the biggest regrets in my life. Hello, I own a wrecked 1939 J-35 (natural finish)currently being fixed by a professional. There is no number appearing on the block except for „8“ in red pencil. Willi About 1700 J-35s were made between 19 during the production time of the natural top models.It’s not possible to tell in particular how many of these were in natural finish since there are no tables left and the Gibson shipping ledger entries do not show the top finish consistently.Also be careful when you read the numbers as sometimes an "0" and a "D" can look very much alike.For F-hole Martin Guitars, such as their archtop models, the serial and model numbers are stamped on the center reinforcing strip and can be seen most clearly by looking through the bass side "f" hole, by looking toward the bridge.The top number is the guitar model number, in this example this is a D-18.The bottom number is the Martin Guitar serial number of the instrument.