Dating guild guitars from serial numbers
The range reported on the charts indicates the following dates of manufacture: 1987: BE1000001 – BE100083 (83) 1988: BC1000001 – BC100103 (103) or possibly (20) Again, take this data with a grain of salt since I can’t confirm the change in serial number prefix.Where the Nightbird I was the entry level Nightbird in 1987, the Nightbird II continued the tradition of a well-adourned luxury guitar.I call them Mueller bridges and tailpieces in the tables because they were made by Mueller (clever, no? Based on the often incorrect Guild serial number charts, around 324 original Nightbirds were made making them the most common of the variants.The serial number prefix for original nightbirds is BL1xxxxxx and the range reported on the charts indicates the following dates of manufacture: 1985: BL1000001 – BL100104 (104) 1986: BL1000105 – BL100324 (219) See my detailed review here: Guild Nightbird I In 1987 Guild changed up the Nightbird and split it into two models: The Nightbird I and the Nightbird II.Also, many Nightbirds seem to have been either custom ordered or altered over time, so just because the catalog says something like “EMG Pickups” doesn’t necessarily mean that the model in question will only be found with EMG pickups.
The simple dots are also a significant diversion from most other Nightbirds.
I own more than my fair share of them, and since I have a pile of Nightbird reviews pending I thought I would consolidate some of the repeating information I had into a single article.