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Model Numbers stamped above the Serial Number starting in 1930. Prior to October 1930, the model is NOT stamped on the neck block (you have to figure it out yourself! Right: The model and serial numbers, as seen through the sound hole of this 1944 D-18, serial number 90067.
Martin produced all guitar serial number sequentially.The reason the first number isn’t 1 is that the first guitars in production by Martin weren’t numbered like this.But once they started this numbering system they estimated that they had built 8347 guitars before starting the system – so the first one in the system is 8348.There are other instances where you may find the serial number of any extant paperwork that came with the instrument.Here's the breakdown of Martin serial numbers covering over a century of guitar production.