Great for bluegrass and folkie strumming as it really cuts through. Because in contrast to Gibson or Fender, Martin the serial numbers simply used in sequence starting 1898. By means of the serial number of your Martin can therefore quite precise date of production be determined. In August, move into 25,000-square-foot plant in El Cajon, California; guitar #16250 (a 712) is a “transitional” instrument (built in Santee plant, strung-up in the new El Cajon facility); 400 series ending number: 3152.Introduce Grand Auditorium body style on 20th Anniversary, limited-edition models; in May, begin sanding all fingerboards on the new Fadal sander; publish premiere issue (Summer) of quarterly newsletter, Introduce Limited Edition Grand Auditoriums (GAs); create Pallet Guitar; introduce Taylor acoustic bass; in February, begin using ultraviolet (UV) finish on all Taylor guitars (see “The Finish Line: What UV Means to You” on the Details/Tech-Sheets page).Still finishing up and selling off guitars started in 1979, before we let our employees go for the second time; sold some guitars to Musician’s Supply, and finally paid off a five-year-old bill for wood we’d purchased from Martin.In July, move to 5,000-square-foot plant in Santee, California; guitar #5300 (a 510-C) is a “transitional” instrument (built in the original Lemon Grove shop, but strung-up in the new Santee facility).
In January, Taylor Guitars’ website goes online; guitar line expanded to 61 models, including three new series (300, Koa, and Walnut), revamped 400, 600, 700, 800 Series, introduction of Baby-M and AB-3 maple/spruce bass; release of , a CD featuring numerous artists playing Taylor guitars and basses; in August, begin moving into new factory/office building; introduce re-designed label and begin affixing them to the back of the interior of each guitar, where they’re easily visible., a sequel to the 1998 CD collection; introduce new gig bag for the Baby Taylor; open 8,000-square-foot storage facility next to Taylor factory; enter agreement to factory-install Elixir strings, featuring Polyweb coating, on all Taylors.He studies physics at the Open University, with a particular interest in quantum physics and cosmology. Our numbering system was a little less sophisticated in the early days, and we didn’t adhere to an actual production “schedule” until 1987.A guitar with a serial number starting “050108” would have been made on the eighth of January 2005.Note the final two digits for the maximum amount of precision.