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Unfortunately, I haven’t been unable to find any dating serialization on Alvarez guitars regarding their date of production, but most examples of the 5058 I found online are from the early 1980s, with serial numbers ranging between 55,000 and 70,000.

Specifications for this guitar include a solid spruce top, laminated rosewood back and sides, multi-ply body binding, a 20-fret bound rosewood fretboard with diamond/snowflake inlays, a uniquely shaped rosewood headstock overlay with the Alvarez logo, chrome tuners arranged in a 3 6 configuration, a rosewood bridge, a faux-tortoiseshell pickguard, and what looks like a factory-installed piezo pickup with an endpin jack.

Alvarez uses a numbering system to identify its guitars (although some also have a model name), and from the 1970s through the 1990s, this was a four-digit number—which falls in line with your guitar model of 5058.

Tim Shaw pickups are easily identifiable because they have a separate, ink-stamped series of numbers on the bottom that indicates the type of pickup (bridge or neck), as well as the date of production.

The pickups in question were stamped 329 682, which revealed that the production year was 1982.

I was looking at an Epiphone-branded, Gibson-made, USA-manufactured 335 with no serial number and no label, but with pickups that gave me the guitar’s production year.

My conclusion was that the guitar must have been either a prototype, or maybe a personal build for someone who worked for Gibson at the time.

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