Dating madeira guitar
Speculations abound that assembly moved from Japan to Korea in the 1980’s.Quite possibly, the switch to Korea happened around ’79 or ’80.
The quality depends on who you ask, model series, country of origin and how much it was worn down, cared for, or upgraded.“They all had one thing in common though: they sucked.
Less seen—on the steel string acoustics—is the double raised top.
All early Japanese guitars have the flat-topped headstock.
Japanese imports generally had an oval label that reads, “Adjusted and Distributed Exclusively by Guild.” Square labels that state, “Designed, Warranteed and Distributed Exclusively by Guild” generally reference a Korean import.
Some Korean imports also have an oval labels that have “Made in Korea” printed on it. Both of the examples below were from Korean imports that featured a double raised or “bump on a bump” headstock-top.
Needless to say, the Japanese versions are preferred.