There are plenty of Valley Arts guitars listed on various sites like ebay and reverb. etc. Some are up front about their origin (Samick or Gibson) but some are not so up front, and try to pass them off as the Boutique guitars made during the Golden years at Valley Arts, as they are Collectors Items and obviously worth more, seemingly increasing in value as time goes on. A lot of listings, expensive ones at that, purposely leave out the date of manufacture, seemingly hoping they will pass off as originals. (I know this, it happened to me.) There were only around 3000 guitars made by the original Valley Arts crew. (Some estimates say Fender can produce 500-1000 guitars per day, just for perspective)
This site is intended to be a resource to help you in your decision and doing your due diligence in determining its origin.
In short, I personally bought one and learned this, any serial numbers after 2400 are suspect. (See the other blog post about Serial Numbers)
So, remember: Don’t buy a vintage Valley Arts Guitar without making absolutely sure it’s really from the correct era. There are many out there that were made during the Samick years and it’s easy to be confused about them. Email us to make sure …our emails are on the Contact Us page, and we will try to get you an answer as soon as it is convenient.
Martin is the expert on identification, so please send those questions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org