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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. I recently acquired this Guild Starfire III with Hoboken label and serial number EK 3121 (on label and back of headstock). Your guitar was constructed during a transition period when Guild was moving from Hoboken, NJ to Westerly, RI, and there seem to be some inconsistencies in record-keeping.I'm trying to get an accurate date on this using this link the Guild serial number for Starfire III seems to end at EK 3098 (1969). On the forum, we've seen some anomalies in the serial numbers of member guitars compared to what Guild publishes on their website.
Similarly, serial numbers that connote a particular date or workshop for one model of guitar may have a completely different meaning from another from the same manufacturer.
However, because of the sporadic nature of the earliest markings on guitars and the lack of standardization in terms of this marking historically and up to the present, there is no guarantee that a particular guitar is included.
For earlier models and guitars from smaller workshops, a date may be marked on the instrument rather than a serial number.
The person who can give you the most accurate answer is Hans Moust, who wrote The Guild Guitar Book.
He's on the forum often and may chime in with a more informed and definitive answer. Hey JS-You are correct that the last entry for 1969 Starfire IIIs is EK 3098.
In these eight-digit numbers, the first two digits signify the number of years since Takamine’s establishment in 1962.