# Date Yo Axe
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## Fender USA
### Fender USA 1950 - 1964
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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Up to 6000 | 1950 to 1954 |
Up to 10,000 | 1954 to 1956 |
10,000s | 1955 to 1956 |
10,000s to 20,000s | 1957 |
20,000s to 30,000s | 1958 |
30,000s to 40,000s | 1959 |
40,000s to 50,000s | 1960 |
50,000s to 70,000s | 1961 |
60,000s to 90,000s | 1962 |
80,000s to 90,000s | 1963 |
90,000s up to L10,000s | 1963 |
L10,000s up to L20,000s | 1963 |
L20,000s up to L50,000s | 1964 |
### Fender USA 1965 - 1976
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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L50,000s up to L90,000s | 1965 |
100,000s | 1965 |
100,000s to 200,000s | 1966 to 1967 |
200,000s | 1968 |
200,000s to 300,000s | 1969 to 1970 |
300,000s | 1971 to 1972 |
300,000s to 500,000s | 1973 |
400,000s to 500,000s | 1974 to 1975 |
500,000s to 700,000s | 1976 |
### Fender USA 1976 - Present
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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76 + 5 DIGITS S6 + 5 DIGITS | 1976 |
S7 + 5 DIGITS S8 + 5 DIGITS | 1977 |
S7 + 5 DIGITS S8 + 5 DIGITS S9 + 5 DIGITS | 1978 |
S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS | 1979 |
S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS E1 + 5 DIGITS | 1980 |
S9 + 5 DIGITS E0 + 5 DIGITS E1 + 5 DIGITS | 1981 |
### Fender US Vintage Series 1982 - Present
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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EI + 5 DIGITS E2 + 5 DIGITS E3 + 5 DIGITS
V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1982 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
E2 + 5 DIGITS E3 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1983 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
E3 + 5 DIGITS E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1984 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
### Fender USA 1985 +
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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E3 + 5 DIGITS E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1985 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1986 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
E4 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1987 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
E4 + 5 DIGITS E8 + 5 DIGITS V + 4, 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1988 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
E8 + 5 DIGITS E9 + 5 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1989 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
### Fender USA 1990's
SERIAL NUMBERS | PRODUCTION DATES |
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E9 + 5 DIGITS N9 + 5 DIGITS N0 + 5 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1990 (For U.S. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year) |
N0 + 5 DIGITS N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1991 |
N1 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1992 |
N2 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1993 |
N3 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1994 |
N4 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1995 |
N5 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N6 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1996 |
N6 + 6 or 6 DIGITS N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1997 |
N7 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1998 |
N8 + 5 or 6 DIGITS N9 + 5 or 6 DIGITS V + 5 or 6 DIGITS (U.S. Vintage Series) |
1999 |
### Fender USA Odd Serial Numbers
NUMBER | DESCRIPTION |
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AMXN + 6 DIGITS |
California Series electric guitars and basses, '97 and'98 |
DN + 6 DIGITS |
American Deluxe series instruments, '98 and '99 |
NC(XXXXXX) | Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear) |
FN(XXXXXX) |
US made guitars and basses destined for the export market.Some may have stayed in the U.S or found their way back (Made to StandardStrat specs, dating unclear) |
I(XXXXXXX) |
A limited number of these "I" series guitars were madein '89 and '90. They were made for the export market and have Made in USAstamped on the heel of the neck. |
LE(XXXXXX) |
Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware madein 1994. Sold as a promotional 3 piece set with a Blonde Deluxe ReverbAmp |
CN(XXXXXX) VN(XXXXXX) |
Korean made Fender/Squier guitars (dating unclear) |
CA(XXXXX) | Gold Strat 1981, 82 and 83 |
CB(XXXXX) |
Precision Bass Special from 1981, CB(XXXXX) Gold Jazz Bassfrom 1982 |
CC(XXXXX) | Walnut Strat 1981-82-83 |
CE(XXXXX) |
Precision Bass Special from 1981, Black and Gold Tele from1981-82 |
CD(XXXXX) CO(XXXXX) |
Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982 |
GO(XXXXX) |
Precision Bass Special (Walnut) from 1982, Gold Strat 1982-83 |
D(XXXXXX) | Jazz Bass from 1982 |
SE(XXXXXX) SN(XXXXXX) |
Signature Edition Strats SE8(XXXXX)-'88, SE9(XXXXX)-'89 SN0(XXXXX)-'90, SN1(XXXXX)-'90, SN2(XXXXX)-'92, SN3(XXXXX)-'93 |
3 DIGITS OF 500 |
35^{TH} Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990 |
G(XXXXXX) |
"STRAT" from about 1980, (Gold hardware, 2 position rotarytone switch) |
4 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE |
U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck datefor specific year) |
5 DIGITS STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE |
U.S. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck datefor specific year) |
## Fender Japan
SERIAL NUMBERS | CIRCA |
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JV+ 5 DIGITS | 1982-1984 |
SQ+ 5 DIGITS | 1983-1984 |
E+ 6 DIGITS | 1984-1987 |
A+ 6 DIGITS | 1985-1986 |
B+ 6 DIGITS | 1985-1986 |
C+ 6 DIGITS | 1985-1986 |
F+ 6 DIGITS | 1986-1987 |
G+ 6 DIGITS | 1987-1988 |
H+ 6 DIGITS | 1988-1989 |
I+ 6 DIGITS | 1989-1990 |
J+ 6 DIGITS | 1989-1990 |
K+ 6 DIGITS | 1990-1991 |
L+ 6 DIGITS | 1991-1992 |
M+ 6 DIGITS | 1992-1993 |
N+ 6 DIGITS | 1993-1994 |
O+ 6 DIGITS | 1993-1994 |
P+ 6 DIGITS | 1993-1994 |
Q+ 6 DIGITS | 1993-1994 |
S+ 6 DIGITS | 1994-1995 |
T+ 6 DIGITS | 1994-1995 |
U+ 6 DIGITS | 1995-1996 |
V+ 6 DIGITS | 1996-1997 |
Crafted in Japan A + 6 DIGITS | 1997-1998 |
Crafted in Japan B+ 6 DIGITS | 1998-1999 |
## Gibson
### Gibson 1953 -1961
Serial number consists of 5 - 6 digits where the 1st digit is the year for the years.
### Gibson 1961-1969
APPROXIMATE YEAR | SERIAL RANGE |
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1961 | 100-42440 |
1962 | 42441-61180 |
1963 | 61450-64220 |
1964 | 64240-70500 |
1962 | 71180-96600 |
1963 | 96601-99999 |
1967 | 000001-008010 |
1967 | 010000-042900 |
1967 | 044000-044100 |
1967 | 050000-054400 |
1967 | 055000-063999 |
1967 | 064000-066010 |
1967 | 067000-070910 |
1967 | 090000-099999 |
1963, 1967 | 100000-106099 |
1963 | 106100-108900 |
1963, 1967 | 109000-109999 |
1963 | 110000-111549 |
1963, 1967 | 111550-115799 |
1963 | 115800-118299 |
1963, 1967 | 118300-120999 |
1963 | 121000-139999 |
1963, 1967 | 140000-140100 |
1963 | 140101-144304 |
1964 | 144305-144380 |
1963 | 144381-145000 |
1963 | 147009-149864 |
1964 | 149865-149891 |
1963 | 149892-152989 |
1964 | 152990-174222 |
1964, 1965 | 174223-176643 |
1964 | 176644-199999 |
1964 | 200000-250335 |
1965 | 250336-291000 |
1965 | 301755-302100 |
1965 | 302754-305983 |
1965, 1967 | 306000-306100 |
1965, 1967 | 307000-307985 |
1965, 1967 | 309848-310999 |
1965 | 311000-320149 |
1967 | 320150-320699 |
1965 | 320700-321100 |
1965 | 322000-326600 |
1965 | 328000-328500 |
1965 | 328700-329179 |
1965, 1967 | 329180-330199 |
1965, 1967, 1968 | 330200-332240 |
1965 | 332241-347090 |
1965 | 348000-348092 |
1966 | 348093-349100 |
1965 | 349121-368638 |
1966 | 368640-369890 |
1967 | 370000-370999 |
1966 | 380000-385309 |
1967 | 390000-390998 |
1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 | 400001-400999 |
1966 | 401000-407985 |
1966 | 408000-408690 |
1966 | 408800-409250 |
1966 | 420000-426090 |
1966 | 427000-429180 |
1966 | 430005-438530 |
1966 | 438800-438925 |
1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 | 500000-500999 |
1965 | 501010-501600 |
1968 | 501601-501702 |
1965, 1968 | 501703-502706 |
1968 | 503010-503110 |
1965, 1968 | 503405-520955 |
1968 | 520956-530056 |
1966, 1968, 1969 | 530061-530850 |
1968, 1969 | 530851-530993 |
1969 | 530994-539999 |
1966, 1969 | 540000-540795 |
1969 | 540796-545009 |
1966 | 550000-556910 |
1969 | 558012-567400 |
1966 | 570099-570755 |
1969 | 580000-580999 |
1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 | 600000-600999 |
1969 | 601000-601090 |
1969 | 605901-606090 |
### Gibson 1970 - 1975
Year(s) | Approximate Series Manufacture |
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1970, 1971, and 1972 | 100000s, 600000s, 700000s, 900000s |
1973 | 000001s, 100000s, 200000s, 800000s and a few "A" + 6 digit numbers |
1974 and 1975 | 100000s, 200000s, 300000s, 400000s,500000s, 600000s,800000s and a fewA-B-C-D-E-F + 6 digit numbers |
During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two
indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000.
MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied. A few
bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped onthe heel area.
In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization methodthat is in practice today. 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. The Kalamazoo numbers
were discontinued in 1984.
## Epiphones
Number | Year |
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100 - 41199 | 1961 |
41200 - 61180 | 1962 |
61450 - 64222 | 1963 |
64240 - 70501 | 1964 |
71180 - 95846 | 1962* *(Numerical sequence may not coincide to year sequence) |
95849 - 99999 | 1963* |
000001 - 099999 | 1967* |
100000 - 106099 | 1963 or 1967* |
106100 - 108999 | 1963 |
109000 - 109999 | 1963 or 1967* |
110000 - 111549 | 1963 |
111550 - 115799 | 1963 or 1967* |
115800 - 118299 | 1963 |
118300 - 120999 | 1963 or 1967* |
121000 - 139999 | 1963 |
140000 - 140100 | 1963 or 1967* |
140101 - 144304 | 1963 |
144305 - 144380 | 1963 or 1964 |
144381 - 145000 | 1963 |
147001 - 149891 | 1963 or 1964 |
149892 - 152989 | 1963 |
152990 - 174222 | 1964 |
174223 - 179098 | 1964 or 1965 |
179099 - 199999 | 1964> |
200000 - 250199 | 1964 |
250540 - 290998 | 1965 |
300000 - 305999 | 1965 |
306000 - 306099 | 1965 or 1967* |
307000 - 307984 | 1965 |
309653 - 310999 | 1965 or 1967* |
311000 - 320149 | 1965 |
320150 - 320699 | 1967* |
320700 - 325999 | 1967* |
325000 - 326999 | 1965 or 1966 |
327000 - 329999 | 1965 |
330000 - 330999 | 1965 or 1967 or 1968* |
331000 - 346119 | 1965 |
346120 - 347099 | 1965 or 1966 |
348000 - 349100 | 1966 |
349101 - 368639 | 1965 |
368640 - 369890 | 1966 |
370000 - 370999 | 1967 |
380000 - 380999 | 1966 to 1968* |
381000 - 385309 | 1966 |
390000 - 390998 | 1967 |
400001 - 400999 | 1965 to 1968* |
401000 - 408699 | 1966 |
408800 - 409250 | 1966 or 1967 |
420000 - 438922 | 1966 |
500000 - 500999 | 1965 to 1966,or 1968 to 1969* |
501009 - 501600 | 1965 |
501601 - 501702 | 1968 |
501703 - 502706 | 1965 or 1968* |
503010 - 503109 | 1968 |
503405 - 520955 | 1965 or 1968* |
520956 - 530056 | 1968 |
530061 - 530850 | 1966 or 1968 or 1969* |
530851 - 530993 | 1968 or 1969 |
530994 - 539999 | 1969 |
540000 - 540795 | 1966 or 1969* |
540796 - 545009 | 1969 |
555000 - 556909 | 1966* |
558012 - 567400 | 1969 |
570099 - 570755 | 1966* |
580000 - 580999 | 1969 |
600000 - 600999 | 1966 to 1969* |
601000 - 606090 | 1969 |
700000 - 700799 | 1966 or 1967* |
750000 - 750999 | 1968 or 1969 |
800000 - 800999 | 1966 to 1969* |
801000 - 812838 | 1966 or 1969* |
812900 - 819999 | 1969 |
820000 - 820087 | 1966 or 1969* |
820088 - 823830 | 1966* |
824000 - 824999 | 1969 |
828002 - 847488 | 1966 or 1969* |
847499 - 858999 | 1966 or 1969* |
859001 - 895038 | 1967* |
895039 - 896999 | 1968* |
897000 - 898999 | 1967 or 1969* |
899000 - 972864 | 1968* |
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. "3" indicates 1993, or a"93" would indicate the same).
Some top of the line Epiphones were producedin the U.S. at either Gibson's Nashville or Montana facilities
in the 1990s. These instruments are the only ones that correspond to the standard post-1977 Gibson
serialization. Like Gibson numbers, there are 8 digits in the completenumber, and follows the code of
YDDDYNNN. The YY (first and fifth) indicate the year built. DDD indicates the day of the year
(so DDD can't be above 365), and the NNN indicates the instrument's production ranking for that day
(NNN = 021 = 21st guitar built). The Nashville facility begins eachday at number 501, and the Montana
workshop begins at number 101. However, in 1994, the Nashville-produced Epiphones were configured as
YYNNNNNN:YY = 94 (the year) and NNNNNN is the ranking for the entire year.
## Kramer Guitars
If the serial number of your Kramer starts with the following serial numbers, it is NOT a USA Made or
"American" series Kramer:
1) Two letters followed by a serial number (e.g. AA1234, AC1234, FA1234,FC1234, SA1234)
2) One letter followed by five letters (e.g. b12345) The only exceptionto this would be some of the
"E" and "F" series neckplates did have one letter followed by fiveletters (e.g. e12345).
3) Five numbers, no letters (e.g. 12345)
4) Model numbers preceding serial number (e.g. XL-1234)
5) A chrome or black neck plate with nothing on it but a Kramer headstockand a serial number stamped
on them. These neck plates are smooth flat neck plateswith no "Neptune, N.J." stamped on them.
Keep in mind that just because the neckplate is imprinted with "Kramer,Neptune, NJ" does NOT mean that the
guitar was Made in the USA or an "American" series. 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.
Although the "American" Series guitars were made by ESPin Japan, they were assembled in the US.
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series:
- If your Kramer has a Strat or Classic headstockand has a Kramer logo with a capital "K" followed by a
lower caser "ramer", the guitar is an early 1981-1984 USA made Kramer guitar.
- If your guitar has a banana headstock and ablock style Kramer logo in all caps "KRAMER", it is a
1984-1986 USA Made/AmericanSeries Kramer Guitar.
- If your guitar has a pointy headstock anda block style Kramer logo in the same sized lettering in all
caps, it is a 1986/1987 AmericanSeries Kramer Guitar.
- If your guitar has a pointy headstock and adiminishing sized Kramer logo with the letters
diminishing in size from the K to the R and,there is a script "American" decal after the "KRAMER" logo,
it is a 1987-1994 American Series Kramer Guitar.
- If your guitar has a pointy headstock and adiminishing sized Kramer logo but does not have "American"
in script after the logo, it is NOT an American series guitar.
The following wood neck guitar models were the ONLY Made in USA or "American" Series guitars:
- Baretta Series
- Pacer Series
- Stagemaster Series
- Vanguard Series
- Voyager Series
- Classic Series
- ProAx Series
- NightSwan Series
- Ripley Series
- Spector Series
- Paul Dean Series
- Richie Sambora Series
- TriAx
- Enterprize
- Elliot Easton Series
- Sustainer Series
- Liberty Series
- Condor Series
The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.
These guitars were made either in Korea, Indonesia,or Japan.
Striker Series, Focus Series, Hundred Series(e.g. 410, 610), Thousand Series, XL Series,
ZX Series, Aerostar Series, ShowsterSeries, and Ferrington Series. Furthermore, the Gorky Park special
editionmodel is also an overseas made guitar.
Another good way to tell if your Kramer is an overseas made model isif it is made out of plywood or
composite wood. Also, if your Kramer has "non-name"pickups or "Designed by Seymour Duncan" pickups,
it is an overseas model. Finally, ifyour Kramer came with a Floyd Rose II, Floyd Rose with no fine
tuners, or a Floyd Rose unit that does not require the ball ends of the strings to be cut off, it is an
overseas model.
## Ibanez Guitars
Pre 1987 models Ibanez guitars serial number system is easy if the guitar was made before 1987 you can
use the following:
The first letter is for the Month. A is January,B is Feb, C is March etc. The next two numbers are
the Year 76 is1976, 78 would be 1978. The next 4 numbers are the productionnumber that month they only
produced 9999 pcs each month. EXAMPLE C760276 this is March 1976 the 276pc made that month
Post 1987 models the letter is now the Factory designation. 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.
## Hamer Guitars
Hamer uses 2 serial numbering systems.
### Hamer Numbering System # 1
1976 to 1981
#0001 to #0680 - A Total of 680 guitars all Custom Shop guitars or custom made for someone special etc etc.
All of these instruments have a stamped into the wood 4 digit serial number
### Hamer Numbering System # 2
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. |