Dating Your Guitar

home > guitar > dating guitar  
       
 

"When was my Landola made?" is one of the most frequently asked question our customer service replies. With this table we have tried to make it easy for every Landola player to date his or her guitar by interpreting the serial number printed on the manufacturer's sticker located inside the guitar. Very early Landola's i.e. manufactured pre-1961 were marked by punching the serial number to the edge of the top head.

The numbering system has changed three times along with the owner changes. We have not been able to track down all the serial numbers. Some archives have been lost during the owner changes. However, the process continues and we will update these pages when we find more information.

 
Here you can find the specifications on our different models through the years.
E 221

V-69 (12-string)

V-72

E 231 (12-string)

V-73 (12-string)

 

     
 
SERIAL NUMBER YEAR NOTES ON COMPANY AND PRODUCTION
didn't use serial numbers 1942-1945 Company was called Veljekset Mattson Oy (in english The Mattson Brothers Ltd).
0-2000 1946-1948 In September 1945 the company became Ab Munkers Oy (Munkers Ltd). The first factory made guitar was launched on the market in 28 Feb 1946. The company invested in export and marketed guitars abroad.
2000-3000 1949 estimated serials, 850 guitars in 1949
3000-5000 1950 estimated serials, 1700 guitars in 1950
5000-7500 1951 estimated serials, 2700 guitars in 1951
7500-10500 1952 estimated, 10 000 Landola guitars in October 1952
  1953  
  1954 The company concentrated only on the guitar production
  1955  
  1956  
  1957  
  1958  
  1959  
  1960  
  1961 The new company was called Oy Landola Ab (Landola Ltd)
  1962  
  1963 First time participating in the Frankfurt Music Fair.
  1964  
  1965  
  1966 140 guitars produced per day
  1967 Move to a new factory in Sandsund
  1968  
  1969 The annual output 40 000 instruments, 85 % exported
  1970  
  1971  
  1972  
3 -2xxxxx 1973 In 1973 Landola Ltd was sold to Musiikki-Fazer, the largest firm in the music business in Finland. The company was called Fazer-Landola. The annual output 40 000 instruments, 75 % exported
4 - 2xxxxx 1974  
5 - 3xxxxx 1975 Since the early 1970s the first digit of the serial number has denoted the year of manufacture. The decade has to be judged by the rest of the serial. For example serial 5 - 300000 was given to a government minister in the opening party of the new factory in 1975.
6 - 3xxxxx 1976  
7 - 3xxxxx 1977  
8 - 3xxxxx 1978  
9 - 3xxxxx 1979  
0 - 3xxxxx 1980  
1 - 3xxxxx 1981  
2 - 3xxxxx 1982  
3 - 4xxxxx 1983 Oy Landola Ab bought the company back.
4 - 4xxxxx 1984 Annual output 20 000 guitars, 40 % exported
5 - 4xxxxx 1985 Arctic birch were re-entered in to production 
6 - 4xxxxx 1986  
7 - 4xxxxx 1987  
8 - 4xxxxx 1988  
9 - 5xxxxx 1989 In 1989 production exceeded half a million. For example guitar number 9 - 500606 was made in 1989.
0 - 5xxxxx 1990 Annual output 10000-14000 guitars.
1 - 5xxxxx 1991  
2 - 5xxxxx 1992 For example guitar number 2 - 523527 has been made in 11 May 1992
3 - 5xxxxx 1993  
4 - 5xxxxx 1994  
5 - 5xxxxx 1995  
96 - month - serial 1996 - Audiosal Oy Ab bought the company. Production strategy was changed from quantity to quality. Annual output round 3000 guitars. New numbering system was introduced. Read more from below.
 
  The models manufactured in 1980–1992 in this table you can find out the model numbers and their year of manufacture.  
  Since 1996, each Landola guitar has featured a serial number that pinpoints the year and the month when the guitar was manufactured. Reading left to right, the first two digits represent the year and the second pair of digits represents the month. The rest of the digits are factory specified i.e. year - month - serial

So, for example if the serial number were 0201-14725 the guitar would have been made in January 2002.

02
Year
01
Month
14725
Serial