Hi Dale Thanks for your message. I'm not sure what year the changeover occurred but using the formula it will be easy for you to tell. Best bet is to contact Godin to find out when it was built. In our example the week is 03. I'm from a family that barely drift away from what we already know. At the beginning of each day, the sixth digit is reset to 0. It follows that potential scammers can use this knowledge to try to trick unsuspecting buyers.
K1249304 Hello all; would someone please let me know if this serial number is legitimate? In preparation for a model release the factory will produce as many as they believe they can immediately distribute so there are guitars available when the model is announced. Copyright August 2002 by Ibanez Rules! Month, production number that month, year. A Japanese-made Epiphone can also have no letter, in which case the serial number would just start with numbers. I imagine if you were to contact Godin they would have this information. Look on the head and back of the guitar for electric models which often have an engraved plate. Other than the first four digits noting the year, it's decoded the same as the 9-digit serial numbers.
But, it would be nice to be able to quickly tell what year your guitar was built from the serial number as well. This example is number 3, a Baby. If you could find out how many S6 Coastline Cedar Folks have been built since then, you might be able to roughly determine the year it was built but otherwise this serial number says nothing about the date of build. But I could have counted wrong and happy to be corrected, there. Just trying to make an informed decision since this will be the last guitar and purchasing for a while.
There are several instances where batches of numbers are switched in order and duplicated, not just once, but up to four times, and seem to be randomly assigned throughout the decade. You have to look at the models in production that year. But as I said earlier, it is perhaps the fact that serial numbers are mainly for internal company purposes and for identifying stolen property. So, in our example, it was the 148 th guitar built that week. It consisted of numbers that were impressed into the wood. A761356 - The 1356th guitar produced in January '76 1987 - Present - These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above.
Thank you in advance, tommytomma. Company Beginnings Electric Sound Products was opened in 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya in Japan. But certainly over 100 guitars per day very likely in 1999. So I was wondering if that meant febuary 12th, 1984? The American Custom Shop has 2 ways of serializing their guitars. But this is not the calendar year. This is the reason why we can easilu find guitars with the bolt plate referring to a year or two before or after respect the serial printed on the back of the headstock.
Until 1977 Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code 1,2,3, etc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University and a Master of Fine Arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University. I think your best bet is to contact Godin to get the year of that one. It appears to be a cedar front with a darker timber on the sides and bottom. Generally these are identified by spec consensus, ie.
The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter. These are good for dating amp potentiometers and speakers. When i got home i tried to set it as it has few strings. Most just bore a neck plate simply marked Japan. This serial number is broken up into 4 different parts. And if anyone is interested in an encyclopedia of guitar features by date and model, George Gruhn's book is an absolute necessity.
Some have actually had two numbered plates and some have had one numbered and one unnumbered plate. These might be in a different color, have different inlays, or whatever other spec made it different. The letter denotes year, starting in 2010 with A, with a 5 digit production number. These two numbers represent the year the guitar was made. Until I pick this dying Viper-10. So if the year is 2005, then it starts August 1 2004 and ends July 31 2005.