Shergold History

1975 - 1981 - The Golden Years

With the demise of the Hayman contract, which had been providing the majority of work to this point, production concentrated on guitars under the Shergold name itself.
Models up to early 1979 can be easily spotted as they don't have a headstock end truss rod adjuster - on these adjusting the neck means using the adjuster access plate on the rear of the body below the neck plate, which also doubles as the serial number plate. This feature of the neck design is not totally reliable for dating purposes, as some later 1978 models are fitted with the newer style neck. 
The pickups on guitar models before early 1977 can be spotted easily as they are mounted using only two bolts to secure the pickup to the mounting plate - later pickups are mounted with three screws to allow the pickup to be pitched front to back. 
Younger models such as the Activator and Nu Meteor (both introduced in late 1980) are the first to exclusively use the foil transfer headstock badge in place of the original nailed on perspex item. Subsequently, these become the norm on the whole range. A 20mm circular black sticker with the gold text "MADE IN ENGLAND" is often applied to the back of the headstock on models from 1980 onwards, though are often found on late 1979 stock.
Serial numbers for 1975-1980 are here as well as details on later unrecorded numbering systems used by Shergold.

 
Barnes & Mullins Ltd. Catalogue listing of Shergold Custom Masquerader - 1978. Truss rod adjuster & serial number plate on all Shergold models up to 1979.   Barnes & Mullins Ltd. Shergold guitars advert featuring Mike Rutherford of Genesis. Barnes and Mullins Ltd. Managing Director (joint), Brian Cleary playing his Shergold Masquerader in 1980.
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