How old is my guitar?

How old is your Faith Guitar? Let's see below...

The serial number is the primary key, so in most instances this will give you the answer.

Most Faith serial numbers (in series 2 or 3) will be arranged like so: FS3 / 120236783. The first three or four numbers tell you the year and month of manufacture. In the example this would be Year '12, Month 02 (February).

So this will tell you when it was made in our workshops, but of course not when it was sold by a store. Faith Guitars will take from 4 to 16 weeks from manufacture to reach the destination country, and once there, will likely be stored in a warehouse, setup and then sent to a music store. They will then hang on the wall of a store until they find a new permanent home.

Guitars with irregular serial numbers:

Faith Guitars first started in 2002 as a much smaller operation than it is today. At launch, the serial number dating hadn't been implemented, so we can be less exact about time of manufacture. However, there are a few simple ways to roughly date your guitar.

2002 - 2003 models. These series 1 guitars were supplied in a black gigbag (not a hardcase), had diamond inlays on the fingerboard and had a wooden soundhole rosette (rather than Abalone shell). The primary identifier however is the soundhole label. These early models had large, round, colourful labels inside. If your guitar has a large round black/blue label with pictures of planets, it was made in 2002/2003.

2004 - 2005 models. These guitars were still part of series 1 but the soundhole label was a brown, sepia colour. It was still of the basic round design however.

2006 - 2008 models. These guitars were series 2 models and came in a hard case as standard, had abalone rosettes and diamond inlays.  Most serial numbers will adhere to the above Year/Month standard.

2008 - 2010 models. These guitars were also series 2, but in 2008 we started using the 'F' logo on the 12th fret, having removed the diamond inlays.

2010 onwards. These guitars are series 3, and conform to the above serial number layout.