Dating my sigma guitar
Here's the breakdown of Martin serial numbers covering over a century of guitar production.
Just see where your serial fits in, and you'll have the year: There are a number of exceptions to the above.
Not sure why, but I have not been able to find out a ton of info other than digging deep in some forums.
If you need more in-depth info, you'll need to get familiar with Google. This is the DR1ST model, made in Korea in about 1998. I have referenced the serial number on the Martin website and that's what I get.
There seems to be a lot more documentation on some of the other model numbers.
These old instruments could be trash or treasure – you just don't know.In a vast majority of cases, the serial number on a Martin guitar can be found inside the body near the neck joint.This can be seen by looking through the soundhole on the guitar towards the front of the instrument.This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.Together, they cited information from 16 references.