The bottom number is the Martin Guitar serial number of the instrument.This guitar happens to be Martin Guitar Serial Number 95984, which when referenced from the serial number matrix below, we find out that this is a 1946 model D-18 and is one of 4,534 that were made in that year. If you find that your serial number is present but not a model number, then you have an older Martin.Original and mint condition will catch the highest values for your instruments.If the guitar has been altered, it can depreciate the value of the guitar tremendously.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars.Guitar dating services provide serial numbers to date your guitar. So we have listed the year of manufacture, the starting serial number for that year and the ending serial number for that year and the total number of instruments constructed during that year. started out with a serial number of 8,001 because the company estimated that is how many guitars they manufactured up until that time and accurate records did not exist, so this is a an estimated value.