1999 to present
Breedlove Guitars are made in Bend, Oregon
Aug 2008: I had a link to the Breedlove site Dating info – but it went dead and I can no longer find it. The following content is fromWayback Machine :
Breedlove Serial Number System
Instruments built by the Breedlove Custom Shop from early 1999 onward will bear a sequential four digit serial number. We switched to this numbering system 209 instruments into 1999, starting with number 2000.
Prior to that, a five-digit system was utilized, with the first two digits denoting the year of manufacture, and the second three digits assigned sequentially by instrument completion date. For instance, an instrument with serial number 96-040 would have been the 40th instrument to be started in the 1996 calendar year.
2006: 8491* – ????
2005: 7500 – 8490
2004: 6445 – 7499
2003: 5161 – 6444
2002: 4071 – 5160
2001: 3218 – 4070
2000: 2631 – 3217
1999: 2000 – 2630
NOTE: Serial numbers are assigned to instruments at the start of production. Because different types of instruments take different amounts of time to complete, they do not usually emerge from the production process in order of serial number. For this reason, it’s hard to pin down the end of the building year to a simple set of ranges as expressed above. To make this resource completely accurate, we would need to list exceptions individually. For instance, there may be a custom Master Class guitar with serial number6441 that was completed in early January 2004, while a stock Quartz mandolin with serial number 6447 might have been completed in December 2003.
In other words, consider the above ranges somewhat approximate. If you are on the cusp of a year and wish to find out exactly when your instrument was completed and shipped to a Breedlove dealer, please contact us by email. Include your serial number and a brief description of the instrument.
Image Trilogy Guitars:
This Breedlove guitar serial number 3322 is from 2001 based on the above list.