Dating martin guitars with serial numbers
There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only.
If you're trying to figure out what model something is from the serial number, figure out what year it is then go to the catalog library for the corresponding year [or year before or after] to find the model.
As with the headstock, serial numbers placed here often wear away. Nazareth, Pa.” Visit Martin's website and date your guitar (if you have found the serial number).Check the back of the headstock for a four or five digit serial number.Martin guitars manufactured between 18 often have the serial number stamped on the headstock.The Martin serial number sequence starts at 8348 which is how many guitars the firm had estimated it had produced from its inception to when they started the serial sequence at the end of the 19th century.Martin has kept meticulous records of the serial number of last guitar produced each year, so finding the year of production by serial number is as simple as finding the range it falls into the chart below.