Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us. To maintain and control costs over the years, Squier instruments have been produced in several nations, including Japan, Korea, India, China, Indonesia and Mexico. He moved to Boston in 1881, where he built and repaired violins with his son, Victor Carroll (V. To this day, their violins are noted for their exceptional varnishes, and they command high prices as fine examples of early U. In the 1930s, Squier began making strings for the era's new electric instruments; the company also sold pianos, radios and phonograph records until divesting itself of all string-related products in 1961. Squier Company became an official original equipment manufacturer for Fender in 1963, and Fender bought the V. Squier string company in early 1965 shortly before Fender itself was bought by CBS in May of that year. When Squier versions of these instruments appeared, demand for them as the "official" cost-conscious alternatives was immediate, and a brand name was reborn. B." Squier, a young English immigrant who arrived in Battle Creek, Mich., in the latter part of the 19th century, was a farmer and shoemaker who had learned the fine European art of violin making. Squier violin, banjo and guitar strings became well known nationwide and were especially popular among students because of their reasonable price.There are other resources for dating Guild guitars which you may also want to consult, such as: "The Guild Guitar Book" by Hans Moust, and "Gruhn's Guide To Vintage Guitars" by George Gruhn.Both are excellent references and may be quite helpful to you in both determining the year of production of your instrument as well as identifying specifications and a historical context for the instrument.
I do get dozens of Emails a week thanking me for keeping this information on the web (and you are welcome) and asking questions about older Guild Guitars. If you are thinking of selling, check adds in Vintage Guitar Magazine, or on Guitar classified web pages and see what similar Guitars are selling for.The following series of charts contain the most accurate information Guild has available for discerning the date of manufacture of Guild guitars by serial number.Through the years, (as well as through several different owners of the Guild Guitar company), some historical documentation has unfortunately been lost or destroyed.It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.