# Dating ibanez acoustic guitars

the next five numbers are the production number of the piece for the year ..(example) .. the next four numbers are the production number that month (they only produced 9999 pieces each month)..(example) ..

the first letter is the month ( A is Jan., B is Feb, C is March..etc) the next two numbers are the year ..

Yoojin Y= Factory (some RG140, RG240, RG340) Indonesian Made Ibanez These guitars start with the following K=KWO factory J=Sejung factory The example serial number is K031034335 K=KWO 03=2003 10=Oct.

So 01= Jan 12=Dec 34335 it is from the Acoustic range So 00001 to 49999 are Acoustic Guitars, 50000 to 99999 are electric guitars and electric basses All 3 factories use the same serial number system jim Actually it's claimed to be 97' to present. Samick is still there I believe, I'm not sure if World was a new State owned factory or if they did take over an existing.

Not guitars I deal with so details I don't particularly concern myself with I noticed this right away on my RFR.

My original guess was that the headstock and the neck joint plate number were supposed to be the same, but someone dumped the bag o' heel joint plates all over the factory floor and got them out of order.

Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. 1984 - 1987A 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I 6 digits............1989 - 1990J 6 digits 1989 - 1990K 6 digits 1990 - 1991L 6 digits 1991 - 1992M 6 digits 1992 - 1993N 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q 6 digits 1993 - 1994S 6 digits 1994 - 1995T 6 digits 1994 - 1995U 6 digits 1995 - 1996N 5 digits 1995 - 1996V 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A 6 digits 1997 - 1998O 6 digits 1997 - 2000P 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q 6 digits 2002 - 2004R 6 digits 2004 - 2005S 6 digits 2006 - 2008T 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 6 digits 2010MX11 6 digits 2011MX12 6 digits 2012MX13 6 digits 2013MX14 6 digits 2014MX15 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN" 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s.

So to get right into it: 1950 - 1954 (appears on bridge plate) Esquires, Broadcasters, and Telecasters 0001 to 0999 1963 1963 - 1965 ("L" Series, some late '62 models as well)0L00001 to L20000 1963L20000 to L59000 1964L59000 to L99999 19651965 - 1976 ("F" Series, CBS era, serial above Fender F on neck plate, overlap between years)100000 to 110000 late 1965110000 to 200000 1966200000 to 210000 1967210000 to 250000 1968250000 to 280000 1969280000 to 300000 1970300000 to 340000 1971340000 to 370000 1972370000 to 520000 1973500000 to 580000 1974580000 to 690000 1975690000 to 750000 19761976 - Present In 1976 Fender moved the serial location to headstock (front or back). 2016Made in Japan Serials (usually appears on back of neck near neck joint)JV 5 digits ..... Other signatures, such as Ritchie Blackmore and Duff Mc Kagan used "MSZ," while still others retained the "MX" designation.

This method can often clear up a situation where the serial number is inconclusive.The ranking number may consist of any number of digits.----------------------------------------------FYYMRRRRF = factory IDYY = year of manufacture M = letter code to corresponding month (A=January, B=February, etc...)RRRR = ranking number Example: R01B0123 = Peerless Korea / 2001 / February / unit 0123.----------------------------------------------FYYSSSS(Epiphone Elite/Elitist models)F = factory IDY = single digit year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.)YY = double digit year of manufacture (2010-Current)SSSS = sequential ranking number Example: F21234 = Fuji-gen Japan / 2002 / unit 1234Example: T101234 = Terada Japan / 2010 / unit 1234----------------------------------------------F-Serial Numbers on Les Paul Standard '59/'60 Models and Tribute/Plus Models The latest serial number system used by Epiphone has not yet been completely deciphered. The system uses running model numbers rather than a dedicated code for year, month, and place of manufacture.F300000 = late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models Continued around F305000 in 2011Continued around F310000 in 2012Continued around F317000 in 2013Continued around F324000 in 2014Continued around F330000 in 2015---------------------------------Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers1998 - Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufature FF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking number Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333Note: Models from 2008 and onwards omit the factory ID letter prefix.Pre-1994 productions also frequently omit the factory letter codes and appeared as all digits, e.g.