#1
what can you tell from the serial number? does it say what year it was made?
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#2
for fenders you can look it up on the website

my fender 25th is 000008 =D

not sure about other brands though
#3
It depends on the company. There are a lot of sites that will help you decode the serial numbers but then there are companies that no one botheres with. I know Gibson Fender Epi and Ibanez guitars can be looked up easily not sure about the others. Usually all you get is the year, month and sequence #. Sometimes sending an Email to a customer service ling on the guitars web site can get you some info but that can be hit or miss.


John
#4
Quote by johnro6659
It depends on the company. There are a lot of sites that will help you decode the serial numbers but then there are companies that no one botheres with. I know Gibson Fender Epi and Ibanez guitars can be looked up easily not sure about the others. Usually all you get is the year, month and sequence #. Sometimes sending an Email to a customer service ling on the guitars web site can get you some info but that can be hit or miss.


John

To add to this, in general, only a company's USA products will have serial numbers that contain great deals of information or are trackable/sequential. It is not done with imports often because of their low value, and the sheer number made would make it hard to do. A fair number of serials though contain information that at the least can give you a place of manufacture (the most common practice), and sometimes a year range.
#5
So my MIJ strat # wont tell me anything?
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#6
So the serial number is S065187,
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#7
try e-mailing fender about it, they can probably tell you more.
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#8
Here's some info on Gibson & Epiphone Serial Numbers.
Gibson Serial Numbers

Starting in 1977 the serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.

The pattern is as follows:
YDDDYRRR
YY is the production year
DDD is the day of the year
RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.
Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production.
Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.

Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.

Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. 10, 1978, in Kalamazoo
and was the 276th instrument stamped that day.

82765501 means the instrument was produced on Oct. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.

Gibson USA went to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day,
and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.


Epiphone Serial Numbers

Most regular production models since ca. 1993. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme,
but may not include a factory ID code.

FYYMMRRRR
F= Factory code (this can be 2 letters as well)
YY= year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for '90s models)
MM= month of manufacture
R= ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced)
Example - S02021234 was issued in Feb. 2002.

Another code used on some current Epiphone models
FYYMRRRR
F= Factory code
YY=Year of manufacture
M= This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...)
RRRR= ranking number
Example - R03D0263 was issued in April 2003.
Last edited by zakkwyldefan79 at Dec 3, 2008,
#9
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
So the serial number is S065187,



That means it was made in 1994-1995 (as far as you didn't know. Also, this is true, if the guitar is "Made in Japan" and not "Crafted in Japan", in which case it's 2005-2006).


In any case, it was made in Fujigen.
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Last edited by Bonsaischaap at Dec 2, 2008,
#10
yea it says crafted in japan.. so is it 94-95 or 05-06?? it looks brand new so i assumed it was new...
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#11
Quote by MOOSE_CCR99
yea it says crafted in japan.. so is it 94-95 or 05-06?? it looks brand new so i assumed it was new...


That would make it 2005-2006.
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#12
ok thanks!
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Fender Aerodyne Stratocaster
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