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Hey folks. I found this on a Jackson Web Forum. I don't know if it's correct, but the guy seems to know what he's talking about. I had asked on this forum if my guitar was a jap guitar. well, I found out it is by the serial number.. You see, it starts with a 9 and is a 7 digit number, and is still just a JS30 model. Great guitar for the money.. Mine now has EMG's in it and it burns! Anyway, here's the info. I'm sure a bunch of folks would like to know this info.. I hope this helps:

Import Serial Number / Country of Origin FAQ
I think it might be helpful for people trying to decode Jackson Import serial numbers if a centralized serial number / Country of Origin FAQ could be put together. I will start with this and if others with more knowledge (or corrections if need be) will post contributions I will edit this first post:


Jackson Import Bolt-on serial number guide:

6 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
0-5 | Professional (MIJ) [or No Series (MIJ) for 1995], first digit denotes year (0=1990, 5=1995)
6 | 1996 No Series (MIJ)
90-95 | Fusion (MIJ), first two digits denotes year (90=1990, 95=1994)
96 | 1996 No Series MIJ before switch to 7 digit serial


7 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
1 | Performer (MIK)
94 | 1994 MIJ Concept guitars, first two digits denotes year (only made in 1994)
9 | 1996+ MIJ (all MIJ series, even JS MIJ), started with 96xxxxx and went up sequentially (97,98, etc)


8 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
00-04 | JS (MII), X (MII) or very early JS30xx (MII) [2004 only], first two digits denotes year (00=2000, 04=2004)
6 | JS (MIT), probably the first digit denotes year (6=1996)
96-99 | JS (MII) or X (MII) first two digits denotes year (96=1996, 99=1999)


9 (or 10) Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
2 | JS30xx (MII), first four digits denotes year, 10th digit added at start of 2008


Year by year serial number scheme information:

1990 to 2010 Made in Japan guitars
Jackson imports started in 1990 after the success of the Charvel import series (1986-1991), which came out of the merger of Jackson and IMC. Jackson only imported neck thru Professional series MIJ guitars (the Pro models) in 1990 and 1991. 1992 started the importation of bolt on Professional series MIJ guitars. The serial numbers of the Professional series MIJ guitars are 6 digits long and will start with 0-5 with the first digit corresponding to the year (0xxxxx = 1990, 5xxxxx = 1995). There is an exception to this serial number format, Fusion model guitars (1990-1995) also have a 6 digit serial but will start with 90-95 with the first two digits corresponding to the year (90xxxx = 1990, 95xxxx = 1995). In 1994 (technically Christmas 1993) a new MIJ series started, the Concept series. The Concept series was only produced in 1994 and had the first 7 digit serial number scheme (94xxxxx). 1996 saw the end of the Professional series guitars and a new serial number format. All MIJ bolt on guitars received a 7 digit serial number starting at 9600000 increasing sequentially as more guitars are built, this system continues to this day for MIJ guitars (as of the start of 2010 the serial numbers are up to approximately 9850000). There is a slight exception to this format for several 1996 models. The new 7 digit MIJ serial system was suppose to start at the end of the Professional series which was suppose to end in 1995, but it appears a few Professional series guitars were made into early 1996. Some new "No Series" name MIJ guitars for 1996 (like the SDK-2, the Stealth EX, etc) received 6 digit serial numbers during this transition period while the Professional series was ended (there also are some Professionals that received 7 digit new format serial numbers and some new "No Series" guitars that received the new 7 digit serial number sequence [96] in their 6 digit serial numbers, so anything is possible during this transition in early 1996).

1995 the Korean Performers
The less expensive MIJ Concept series (produced Christmas 1993 to 1994) moved production to Korea in 1995 and became the Performer series. All MIK Performers were given a 7 digit serial number that starts with the number 1 (there is some speculation that they can also start with a 0, but I have not seen a 7 digit serial number starting with 0 as of yet) and were assigned serial numbers sequentially. Production of the MIK Performers ended in 1998 and the production moved to Japan in 1999. There is not a precise way of dating the production numbers across all four years of MIK production (I only have a few dates aligned with serial numbers as of right now); if you have a MIK guitar please post the serial number and any other information at http://www.jcfonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=101420 so that one day we may be able to know production dates via the MIK serial number.

1996 the JS20 MIT, MII, MIK, MIJ
The new "No Series" name MIJ guitars had a low priced student model companion, the JS20. The MSRP of the JS20 in 1996 was $325 and it could be purchased new for around $200 in the US at the time. A black JS20 (serial number 65002013) was my first electric guitar and my first Jackson, purchased new in 1996. The JS20 was initially made in Taiwan (MIT), India (MII), Korea (MIK) and Japan (MIJ). Serial numbers for the MIT JS20s are 8 digits long and the first digit probably denotes the year. No serial numbers are known except ones leading with a 6, so it is likely production of Jackson guitars in Taiwan started and ended in 1996. Serial numbers for the MII JS20s are also 8 digits long with the first two digits corresponding to the year (96xxxxxx = 1996, 99xxxxxx = 1999, 00xxxxxx = 2000, 04xxxxxx = 2004), JS20s are still made in India (as of 2010). Serial numbers for the MIK JS20s are 7 digits long and start with the number 1 (there is some speculation that they might also start with a 0, but I have not seen a 7 digit serial number starting with 0 as of yet), production ended in 1998 when the Jackson MIK production ended. Serial numbers for the MIJ JS20s follow the exact same format as all other MIJ serial numbers from 1996 on, they are assigned a 7 digit serial number which increases sequentially. I have never seen a pre-1998 MIJ JS20 and the MIJ JS20 appears to still be made today (2010). I suspect the move of the X series from Korea to Japan is why the MIK JS20s end in 1998 and MIJ JS20s appear to start in 1999 [speculation warning].

1998 the Indian X series
In 1998 Jackson started a new series called the X series, which was made in India. JS20s had been produced in India since 1996 using an 8 digit serial scheme where the first two digits corresponding to the year (96xxxxxx = 1996, 99xxxxxx = 1999, 00xxxxxx = 2000, 04xxxxxx = 2004). The new 1998 X series continued using this same serial number sequence until the X series ended production in India in 2001 and moved to Japan starting in 2002 (where it currently is made, as of 2010).

2004 the MII JS30xx series
End of year 2004, a new low cost student model series started production in India. In a very confusing manner, the new series was called the called the JS30xx series, which is not the same as the JS30 guitar made between 2002 and 2004. The new JS30xx series had low cost versions of the Jackson Randy Rhoads (JS30RR), the Jackson Dinky (JS30DK and JS30DKT), the Jackson Kelly (JS30KE), the Jackson King V (JS30KV) and the Jackson Warrior (JS30WR). The JS30xx guitars have fixed bridges (JT390), chrome hardware and two Jackson CRV2 humbucking pickups, except the JS30DKT model which has a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo instead of the fixed bridge. It appears some early JS30xx production guitars were given 8 digit serial numbers starting with 04xxxxxx identical to the MII JS20 guitars already produced in India. The normal serial number scheme for all JS30xx guitars is a 9 digit (or 10 starting in 2008) serial number where the first four digits correspond to the year of production (2004xxxxx = 2004, 2007xxxxx = 2007), many 2004xxxx serial numbers have been observed, so there is probably not a large number for 8 digit JS30xx guitars with 04xxxxxx serials (it is possible the 04xxxxxx marked JS30xx are prototype guitars and normal production JS30xx started with 2004xxxxx serials). At the beginning of 2008 a 10th digit was added to the normal MII 9 digit serial scheme (2008xxxxxx = 2008).
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nice, thanks for sharing

is there a jackson owners' thread? if so you could add this to that
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#6
First off, thanks for the great info. This is probably the best Jackson serial guide I've seen yet. One thing about the 6-digit serials I'd like to add though: I own two Jackson Fusion Standard guitars ('Jackson Professional' printed headstock). They are both 6-digit serial numbers beginning with '3'. I love the Fusion series guitars, and have been looking online at them, and it seems to me that only the 'Fusion Pro' guitars follow the "first two digits denotes year" scheme. The 'Fusion Standard' guitars seem to follow the "first digit denotes year" (unless these were made in 1930 Everything else seems right on the money. Thanks again.

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^ thanks for the additional info, and welcome to the forum
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#8
It might be a cool idea to compile all this serial number information between brands and make one big sticky for them. Wha'd'ya think?
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probably would be, but it'd be a lot of work
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I'd love to know the year of my DK2M.

9779086. What year is it from this number? Possibly 2007-8?
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I'd love to know the year of my DK2M.

9779086. What year is it from this number? Possibly 2007-8?


I would say right in there my DK2 is 9822749 so that would put me about 2009?
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I've done some searching and based on the noises people are making, I'd guestimate mine to be late 2006.

http://www.jcfonline.com/threads/101351-Serial-Number-Database-Sharing

The consensus on this thread regarding MIJ's is:

2004 starts around 9705400
2005 starts around 9740300
2006 starts around 9741200

MIJ Jackson s/n's don't follow a particular pattern. I think the guitars are stamped as an absolute number that are produced since Fender bought the company.

I think you can best find out by looking inside the neck pocket.
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I would say right in there my DK2 is 9822749 so that would put me about 2009?

Probably.
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What would a nhj0905167 be?


Judging by what I know of that serial format, I would think that's a 2009, made in India at the Harmony factory.


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I would say right in there my DK2 is 9822749 so that would put me about 2009?


I've got a 983xxxx DK2M which I bought new in September/October 2008, so I'd guess at early 2008 for yours.


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MIJ Jackson s/n's don't follow a particular pattern. I think the guitars are stamped as an absolute number that are produced since Fender bought the company.


As far as I know they're purely sequential from 1996 onwards, where they started with the 96xxxxx range and then steadily worked upwards. I think they made it to the high 98xxxxx range when they stopped using Chushin Gakki around 2011. That might just be for the bolt ons - I seem to recall there was a different numbering system for the neck-throughs.
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HoosierDaddyTim - the serial number of my guitar is 9655953, how will I know the country that made the guitar?


That serial number should be a bolt-on guitar made in Japan, probably in the late 90s.