Seagull serial number dating
Rich in 1974, a system of serial number coding began using a 5-digit code (XXYYY) with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the production number.
With production growing rapidly by 1980, the serial numbers had gotten about two to three years ahead. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.
This is opposed to the typical flat top of an acoustic guitar which has problems with the sound hole sinking in.
As part of the new design, the top has a slight (30' radius) curve to it which is slightly above the sound hole and then levels out around the bridge of the guitar.
Born out of La Patrie, a small village in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, this company handcrafts acoustic guitars targeted towards working musicians.
Established in 1982 by Robert Godin and a few of his friends, this company specializes in making acoustic guitars with solid tops as opposed to laminated tops.
After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass.
Brian, otherwise known as Bran, is the owner of the company.
As an added feature I have retyped a table supplied by Ian Talmage, based on the original info, I hope it might be easier to read and maybe have extra info available.This provides stability while maintaining the same sound as a normal acoustic.Originally published on uk Mon March 13, 2006 Dating B. Rich neck-through guitars is relatively easy, although slightly imprecise by the 1980's. These consecutive numbers ran up to between 340 and 360. Throughout the '70s, production numbers were low enough that the serial numbers pretty much reflect the year of manufacture.For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.