Dating vintage ibanez guitars
All of these instruments have a stamped into the wood 4 digit serial number 1977 to Present Day This system would have at least a 5 digit number with a space between the first and second digit example 2 2047 This would be a 1982 guitar the 2,047th guitar ever built not including the 680 custom guitars that used the original serial number system.
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This updated system utilizes an impressed eightdigit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series: The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.Kramer was very careful to not stamp "Made In USA" anywhere on its neckplates starting in about 1985/1986.Starting in late 1985, virtually all Kramer guitars were being made by ESP Guitars in Japan.The first Numberis the year the next 5 numbers are the production number of the piece forthe year.EXAMPLE F700001 - This guitar was made in 1987 and is the first one made that year. 1976 to 1981 #0001 to #0680 - A Total of 680 guitars all Custom Shop guitars or custom made for someone special etc etc.
Another good way to tell if your Kramer is an overseas made model isif it is made out of plywood or composite wood.