Dating my sigma guitar

06-Mar-2018 22:34

I bought it new in 1970." Further, DR-7's with a four digit ink stamped label serial number and a zero fret strongly suggests a very early build date.Some early 70s Sigma guitar serial numbers started with 7* suggesting the 197* build date (e.g. "Sigma-Martin USA" guitars built in 19 had serial numbers 900,001 to 902,908.75XXXXXX possibly equates to a build year 1975.) It is widely assumed by owners and Sigma historians that this is correct, though C. These instruments were constructed using preformed and sometimes partially assembled imported parts, built or completed in the C. Martin factory in Nazareth, Pa alongside the regular production line Serial numbers for Sigma guitars built in Korea and Taiwan are perhaps meaningless, though again some seem to indicate the year of manufacture (e.g.81XXXXXX.) Since we know these instruments were manufactured from 1984 through 2007 in these two countries, it is safe to assume that a serial number beginning with 81XXXXXX was not produced in 1981.1970" underneath in a smaller block font, in the familiar Martin headstock decal form. re: My own first Sigma, a DM12-5, which I purchased new in mid-1977 (I still have the receipt) had this second gen "Martin style" decal logo.

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Later one's (c1972 onward) had white labels that had gold lettering with a border, often reddish-brown or purple in color. followed by an ink stamp of the model number, and prefixed by the serial number assigned to the instrument. L-R as seen through the sound hole: Serial number, "Brand," Model number.) Serial Numbers Sigma serial numbers do not provide an indicator of the year in which a particular model was built.

Later first and second generation Sigma guitars were clearly made of laminate wood for the back and sides, with the exception of several Limited Edition models, such as the D-10 Anniversary guitar.

Other Sigma instruments included mandolins, banjos, acoustic and electric basses and solid body and hollow body electric guitars.

Dreadnought models DM-5 and DR-7 are the most common early Sigma guitars until the late '70's.

D for dreadnought, R for rosewood, M for mahogany and the number denoting the grade of wood, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15.

Later one's (c1972 onward) had white labels that had gold lettering with a border, often reddish-brown or purple in color. followed by an ink stamp of the model number, and prefixed by the serial number assigned to the instrument. L-R as seen through the sound hole: Serial number, "Brand," Model number.) Serial Numbers Sigma serial numbers do not provide an indicator of the year in which a particular model was built.

Later first and second generation Sigma guitars were clearly made of laminate wood for the back and sides, with the exception of several Limited Edition models, such as the D-10 Anniversary guitar.

Other Sigma instruments included mandolins, banjos, acoustic and electric basses and solid body and hollow body electric guitars.

Dreadnought models DM-5 and DR-7 are the most common early Sigma guitars until the late '70's.

D for dreadnought, R for rosewood, M for mahogany and the number denoting the grade of wood, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15.

History Initial construction was in Japan by various manufacturers/factories from 1970 through 1983.