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Serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.

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In 1978, model designations were added to capitalize on Martin model numbers: the DM-18, DM-19, DR-28, DR-28H, DR-35, DR-41, and DR-45. Pegheads & Logos Sigma guitars made in Japan from 1970 through 1983.

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prior to selling the brand to AMI, and had since been picked up by St. The sigma symbol is often described as a "sideways M."By the mid 1970's (c1976) the headstock logo design changed to utilize a gold "Martin style" decal stating "Sigma Guitars" in script with "Est. The headstock shape was also modified, to be more deeply tapered and shaped to resemble their Martin brethren.

The early 70s models (1970 -1975) can be distinguished by a more squared peghead, shaped similarly to that of a "spatula." The logo consisting of a gold decal with the single word in block lettering SIGMA surmounted with the Σ symbol (the Greek letter sigma), in mother of pearl.

In 2011 the German company "AMI Musical Instruments Gmb H" purchased the rights to the name and relaunched Sigma Guitars again, this time being produced in China. The model and serial numbers were usually stamped on in ink, but some are known to have been hand-penned. These will have a 4, 5 or 8 digit (7*0XXXXX) serial number stamped or hand written on them. The 'Purple' label (c1972 onward): These are again white labels that had gold & black lettering but this time with a border, often pinkish-brown or violet in color.

rights to the Sigma brand name and trademark had been allowed to lapse by C. Louis Music of Missouri, AMI is not allowed to use the brand name "Sigma" in the U. Labels and Brands Sigma's made in Japan from 1970 through 1979 used a paper label to identify the model and serial number of the instrument.

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Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.Here's a real old timer, a Martin guitar built in 1867, so that makes it a "post-war" Martin - post-Civil War, that is.(What an absolute outrage and tragedy that our so-called culture marks history by wars! This guitar was made some three decades before the first serial numbers were used by Martin, and about twenty years before the Factory had the custom of pencil-dating the inside of the guitar tops.If you travelled through Vancouver International Airport over the holidays you may have noticed an impressive Santa’s sleigh at an Air Canada display.It was designed and fabricated by Becky Scott and her team at Bleeding Art Industries who have also been busy doing special effects for the 10th season of Heartland, spreading its manufactured blood through four Canadian locations, and moving into an extra bay in the Foothills Industrial area which now gives Bleeding Art a storefront, new offices and meeting space.Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.