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At least one online source references a price sheet (2182-D) with a date of March 1, 1982.
Furthermore, the Faas Corporation supposedly discontinued the Madeira line shortly after purchasing Guild in 1988.
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.
Speculations abound that assembly moved from Japan to Korea in the 1980’s.
Quite possibly, the switch to Korea happened around ’79 or ’80.
For instance: Definitive historical information about Madeira by Guild is scarce.
Especially in regards to original materials with printed dates, etc…Madeira Man on collectorsweekly claims he bought his Madeira in 1970.
The second generation featured a rounded or curved top.To capture a share of the budget market, many American manufacturers have a separate, more affordable line of guitars.Since production of these guitars is offshore, where labor is cheaper, they are sometimes referred to as import-lines.Madeira by Guild’s model designation uses a two (sometimes three) part alphanumeric system that includes a prefix, a series number and sometimes a suffix.The prefix indicates the type of acoustical guitar: Determining the exact age of a Madeira by Guild guitar is difficult unless you have an original receipt.
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Still, it represents a synthesis of the best information the web has on Madeira by Guild.