Although it is one digit short, your number seems to most closely match the current Dobro numbering scheme, which would mean it was built in 1999 (post-Gibson): 1974-1979 OMI Dobro: Y (#)### D configuration. Y is last digit of the year (if this number is "3" it is actually 1974). The model 27 was discontinued during the war - in 1941 - when all production at both National-Dobro and Regal ceased because the metals used in the manufacture of these guitars were required for the war effort.This guitar has no serial number (see below), which makes exact dating difficult, but there are many details which date it generally to the mid to late 1930s period.Grouse Guitars - your vintage guitar, bass and amp dealer.Click the 'back' plectrum to go back to the previous page, or click the "Grouse Guitars" nameplate above to go directly to the Grouse Guitars homepage.
I was playing a used one in a shop today and was curious if it was really a USA one.
It is Dobro branded but the serial number doesn't follow any of the conventions I've seen on the web to date (from this site and others, guitarhq.com/dobro.html). This would seem to be a mid 90's model but what I've seen the last two digits should indicate year and it only has the 9.
Plus I understand they switched to the gibson numbering in 1998, so I don't think it is 1999.
The guy I bought it from said he thought it was a 1995 based on the 95 in the serial number but he wasn't convinced and I guess I am not either. Based on the info on this website: ducksdeluxe.com/dobregal.htm1970-1979 "D" or "B" followed by 3 or 4 digits (ranking) & last number (year) .. "D"= Wood Furthermore, I then found this one on the web (from Les Paul's collection) which has the same serial number format and is advertised as a 1979.julienslive.com/view-auctions/...
It does have some decent finish crazing which makes me think it could very well be a bit older that 1995. Any thoughts, opinions, speculations, etc are appreciated!! DOBRO-60D1979 makes more sense in regards to the finish crazing.
Within those 5 digits rhe 1970's had no provision for a "decade" indicator.