Dating yamaha flattop guitars
Antique Silvertone guitars were manufactured by five guitar makers, Danelectro, Harmony, National, Kay, and Teisco, to be sold by Sears department store from the 1950s into the early 1970s.
While all of these guitars bear the name "Silvertone" on their headstocks, the design of the instruments differs greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Glued-on necks must be removed with heat, usually steam.
Do not attempt to remove a glued neck unless you have significant experience doing so.
Many different models of Silvertone guitars exist, but the vast majority of them can be dated via the serial number.
In general, the older the guitar is, the more it is worth. Look behind the headstock and on the base of the neck.
Those appear to be the famous ones, beat out only by the Japan ones made before that I believe that were not exports out of that country. Related Gear: See where Yamaha came in our Silent Guitar Roundup Mine is a Nippon Gakki, with the Yellow Lable..After these initial exports, they were assembled other ways, including in Taiwan and production standards were hard to monitor. I baoght it around 1974 or 75 I can't quit remember. I bought it in Japan in 1971 while serving in the USN...: : The red label Japan models gave American guitar makers a real run for their money. the only number on the label is 10-1 followed by NAJKAZAWACHO HAMAMATSU JAPAN. I have a Yamaha FG 300 with a yellowish label that says Nippon Gakki Co. It just has the circled Yamaha logo on the headstock, a straight adjustable bridge and a flowery scratchplate similar to a Gibson Hummingbird. Can anyone help me on dating and valuing this beautiful little instrument?So what other labels where there in this guitar, that determine it's value or year it was built? :-) I have been looking around and I see a lot of people saying only the red labeled Yamaha guitars are the ones made in the nippon gakki Factory. The red label Japan models gave American guitar makers a real run for their money.
I have a gold labeled FG 300 and It does say built In Nippon-Gakki Japa. Person I bought it from said he's owned it since 1976 and bought it used. These were still plywood guitars (veneers) but are sought after today for a reason.I was wondering if anyone knows what the difference is between a red and orange labeled FG 300 provided both were made in the N-G Factory? All original, excellent condition, pick guard sits flat & never re-glued. : : I have a Yamaha FG-300, flowered pickguard, Red Label w/Nippon Gakki within; 'Made in Japan' on the back of the head stock, adjustable bridge, etc., but NO SERIAL NUMBER inside the sound hole. : It seems the winning combination is the red label, Nippon Gakki, and "Made In Japan" on the back of the headstock.