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(Further detailed information is required here.) Serial Numbers Under the best of circumstances, Sigma serial numbers can only provide an indicator of the year when a particular model was built. These models were produced in very limited quantities. The Back Brace Brand: From 1978 through 1983; 1978 being a transition year, one might find the center back brace is pressure stamped, or "branded" in a football shape stating Sigma Guitars/Made in Japan/For/C. During later Korean made years (c1990,) Sigma transitioned back to paper labels and they stayed that way until the end of production in Indonesia in 2007. These models have saddles with each string individually compensated, yielding superb intonation.Because more than 30% of the work was completed within the borders of the United States, Martin was legally allowed to designate them as Made in U. 81XXXXXX.) Since we know these instruments were manufactured from 1984 through 2007 in these three countries, it is safe to assume that a serial number beginning with 81XXXXXX (which I have personally seen) were not produced in 1981 and that these serial number 'indicators' are not to be trusted.
It is widely assumed by owners and Sigma historians alike that this is correct, though C. Martin cannot, or will not confirm this."Sigma-Martin USA" guitars built in 19 only, had specifically assigned serial numbers ranging from 900,001 to 902,908 (2,907 in total.) These serial numbers are documented by C. These "N" instruments, of which only two models were ever produced, the DR-28N & DR-35N partially assembled in Japan and were imported to Nazareth ("N") and the Martin guitar factory as kits. A Martin factory sales brochure shows the DR-28N retailed at 0.00 and the DR- 35N retailed at 0.00 The DR-35N had a 3-piece laminate rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top. The peghead logo reads "Sigma Martin USA" and inside the sound box is on the neck block " made in USA" with Martin address etc.While it was thought at one time that these were somehow 'special' and had solid tops, based on current research and scholarship, an emerging school of thought dismisses this notion. White binding on body (w/b/w/b/w.) "Ebonized" (blackened) Rosewood Bridge and fingerboard on some, natural rosewood on others. Current documentation (taken from the files at Martin) indicate these models were produced by the Kasuga Gakki company as overload for the Tokai Gakki company. distributor is now Six String Brokerage LLC, Nazareth, Pa.Other physical indicators or attributes, such as finish, trim, tuners, etc., can help determine the approximate construction date of a particular example, but almost never exactly. It is not known at this time just how many D-10's were built but it is believed by some, and indicated by the number up for saleat any given time that production ran into the thousands, not limited to 100 as previously rumored. Martin memo dated August 7, 1980 further discusses 'economically uncorrectable' cosmetic flaws in the D-10 and how they were to be indicated by the inspectors: "The flawed instruments were graded into 2 categories depending on the nature of the blemishes and were stamped on the back center strip accordingly.