Guitar #20168 is the first Taylor made from East Indian rosewood; guitar #20179 is the latest Taylor “on record” to have the mortise neck joint (by the time we made #20229, we were not using mortise neck joints); Kurt hits the road to sell direct to dealers.

Still finishing up and selling off guitars started in 1979, before we let our employees go for the second time; sold some guitars to Musician’s Supply, and finally paid off a five-year-old bill for wood we’d purchased from Martin.

Gradually, we got around to our current, more accurate formula for pinpointing the exact day that work was begun on a particular guitar.

Employees Bob Taylor, Kurt Listug, and Steve Schemmer purchase the American Dream Musical Instrument Manufacturing shop in Lemon Grove, California, and change the name to Taylor Guitars; all rosewood used is Brazilian.

Japanese-built Takamine Pro Series guitars can be reliably dated from the eight-digit serial numbers typically found at the neck block inside the instruments.

The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month.

The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.

For example, serial number 07100091 indicates a guitar built in 2007 (07), in October of that year (10), and that it was the 91st guitar made that month (0091).

See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.

View Pro Series Guitars Japanese-made Takamine models distributed in Japan have their own serial-numbering scheme that can be used to reliably date them.

For example, serial number 46090002 indicates a guitar built in 2008 (1962 plus 46 years), in September of that year (09), and that it was the second guitar made that month (0002).

Similarly, serial number 49110033 indicates the 33rd guitar made during November 2011.

The seventh digit indicates whether the guitar is a 300 or 400 series (“0”) or a higher series (“1”); and the last two digits denote the guitar’s position in that day’s production sequence.