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Godin Guitar Serial Number Looku

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Godin Guitar Serial Number Looku

On a Gibson guitar such as a 335 or a Les Paul, the serial number is located on the rear of the headstock. Gibson uses a particular dating pattern for their serial numbers. Between 1975 and 1977, Gibson used an 8-digit dating code. The first two of these digits were the year.

Prior to 1984, the RRR numbers ranging from 001 to 499 indicated that the guitar was manufactured in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following the closure of the Kalamazoo factory, Gibson guitars were manufactured in Nashville, Tennessee. The RRR numbers 500 to 999 indicate that the guitar was manufactured in the Nashville factory until 1989.

As you can see, the numbers in bold represent the year the guitar was made. So, this guitar was built in 1978, on the 10th day of the year (January 10), and it was the 276th guitar that was stamped on that day. Because this guitar was built before 1984, we can say that it would have been built in the Kalamazoo factory.

In July of 2005, Gibson increased their serial numbers from 8 digits to 9. They added the extra digit in the middle of the sequence at the sixth number. This number indicated the batch number of the guitar, so the new sequence looks like this: YDDDYBRRR

In 1989, Gibson started using a four-digit serial number on the Les Paul Classic always beginning with the number 9. Between 1990 and 1999, a five-digit serial number was used with the first number indicating the year. 0 was used for 1990, 1 for 1991, and so forth.

Between 2000 and 2005, a six-digit serial number was used. The first two of these digits represented the year. These serial numbers also differ from the four and five-digit serial numbers because they did not include a space between the year indicator and the rest of the digits.

Since 2014, Gibson USA has not used a serial number that indicates the exact day of manufacturing. Instead, they only include the year and the factory ranking number. The sequence they have used since 2014 is YYRRRRRRR.

Since 1993, most models of Epiphone guitars use the serial number sequence FYYMMRRR. F in this case represents the factory code. Sometimes this can be two letters. YY is the year in which the guitar was built.

If the guitar was made in the 1990s then this will only consist of one digit. MM represents the month, and RRR is the factory ranking number. The ranking number may be fewer than three digits, and it is not necessarily indicative of the number of guitars made during that particular year.

Another serial number sequence that is used in newer models of Epiphone is FYYMRRRR, where the month is indicated by a letter instead of a number. For example, S19D1234 would be for a guitar made in April of 2019.

Japanese Fender guitars feature their serial numbers on either the back of the neck where the neck meets the body or on the headstock. These serial numbers, however, tend to be inconsistent and are subsequently more difficult to date accurately.

On a PRS guitar, you can find the serial number either on the neck plate or on the headstock if the guitar is a set-neck model. At the start of the serial number, there is a number that represents the year in which the guitar was built.

Since 2008, PRS has used two digits to represent the year of manufacture instead of one. This makes the year of the guitar easier to distinguish. Set-neck models, however, have a more complex sequence in their serial numbers. A table of the serial numbers along with their corresponding years can be found on the PRS website.

Because of the fact that Ibanez guitars are outsourced at many stages in their production, they do not have a unified system for serialization. Serial numbers on Ibanez guitars vary depending on the model of the guitar.

On some models, the serial number is located on the back of the headstock in either printed form or a sticker. Other models have the serial number on the neckplate or stamped below the last fret. On their acoustic models, the serial number is either printed on the label inside the soundhole or stamped on the neck block on the inside of the body.

The sequences used in Ibanez serial numbers are dependant on the year of manufacture and the country of origin. Japanese Ibanez guitars from November 2004 onwards start with the letter F, and then a two-digit number representing the year of manufacture followed by five digits that are the factory ranking numbers. For example, F1412345 would indicate that the guitar was built by FujiGen Gakki in the year 2014.

Two letters at the start of the serial number indicate that it was made in Korea between 2000 and 2008. These serial numbers also feature the year with two digits, in addition to the month in which the guitar was built. Following this, there is a four-digit number that is the production number for that month. The first letter or two letters represent the factory code. For example, F141234 tells us that this Ibanez was built in July 2002 by Cort Guitars.

On both the classical and acoustic guitars made by Yamaha, the serial number can be found inside the soundhole. This can either be printed on the label inside the soundhole or stamped on the inside of the guitar.

For Japanese custom shop models of Yamaha guitars made between 1991 and 1996 could feature a serial number such as HN701J, for example. The sequence used for this example is YM###J. Yamaha guitars from this time period always started each month with the number 700. In our example, we can say that this guitar was from July of 1991. H means 1 and N means 7, and 701 would be the first guitar made for that month. The final letter in the sequence is an internal code.

Between 1954 and 1960, Rickenbacker used a serial number system that could be used to date the guitars using a six-character sequence that indicated the model, the last digit of the year followed by a production number. For example, 4C7768 would be a Rickenbacker 400 series Combo that was built in 1957.

Newer models of Rickenbacker guitars from 1998 onwards have the last two digits of the year stamped on the top of the jack plate. At the bottom of the jack plate, the rest of the serial number was stamped.

Gretsch guitars that were built between 1973 and 1981 had a similar system. The first digit represented the month and then a digit to represent the year starting with 3 in 1973. Sometimes these serial numbers featured a hyphen between the month and the years.

Before the year 2000, ESP guitars used the serial number sequence DDMMYNNN. The last three digits of this number are a production number. If the serial number is located underneath the pickups, the sequence used was #MMYNN.

Since 2016, ESP has used the sequence BNNNNYYF for its serial numbers. The first letter in the sequence is the brand. This is either E for ESP or ES for E-II. This is followed by a production number, two digits for the year, and a factory code last.

Godin guitars have their serial number on the back of the headstock or inside the soundhole. The sequence used for their serial numbers is YYWWDRRR. This one has a two-digit year where the production begins in August, followed by a production week number, the day of the week, and finally a weekly rank.

Hey there, I've searched on Google but no luck. I'm just curious as to how I can date my Godin electric. Does anyone know any sites on the net that allow me to decode the serial number for my Freeway Classic?

Danelectro/Silvertone (Back to top of page)You can find serial numbers on vintage Danelectro/Silvertone instruments all over the instrument, including back of headstock, neck heel, neck pocket, control cavity and other places. In doing research on this brand I found the definitive website for Danelectro/Silvertone info at The site is run by Doug Tulloch and he even sells a Danelectro Guitar Guide for you hardcore fans.

Briefly, for a pre-1967 3-digit serial number the first two digits are the week, while the last digit tells the year, such that serial number 210 indicates a 1960 model made in the 21st week of the year. After 1967, it's reversed, so the the first digit represents the year. On 4-digit serials, you ignore the 3rd digit, while the fourth digit tells the year. So 1204 represents a 1964 guitar made in the 12th week of the year. 5-digit serials are the same, you just disregard the fifth digit.

Dean (Back to top of page)Every Dean guitar made in United States comes with a seven digit serial number that is printed on the back of the headstock (some 90s models may be stamped on the fretboard). First two numbers in the sequence are the last two digits of the production year. If you see a seven digit serial number on the back of a Dean guitar, you can be sure that it was produced in United States.Dean's more affordable line made outside the US may require looking at features and hardware and some knowledge of the line. Though I can't verify the accuracy, it was posted in the Dean online forums that imports after 2008 follow a pattern with the initial letter or letters identifying the factory, such that: US = Un Sung Korea, Y = Yoojin China, E = World Korea.The following two digits indicate year, then two-digit month, then production number. An example given was the serial US12040364 (don't let the "US" make you think it's a USA model). Here the serial is decoded as:

YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufactureMM = month of manufatureFF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking numberExample: 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. 3042779.----------------------------------------------FYYMMRRRRF/FF = factory ID Y/YY = year of manufactureMM = month of manufactureRRRR = ranking numberExample: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345Note: There may be no factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models. A single digit month of manufacture may occur for some 1997 and earlier models. The ranking number may consist of any number of digits.----------------------------------------------FYYMRRRRF = factory IDYY = year of manufactureM = letter code to corresponding month (A=January, B=February, etc...)RRRR = ranking numberExample: 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 numberExample: 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 ModelsThe latest serial number system used by Epiphone has not yet been completely deciphered. The new "F" models are made in China. 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 modelsContinued around F310650F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus modelsContinued around F305000 in 2011Continued around F310000 in 2012Continued around F317000 in 2013Continued around F324000 in 2014Continued around F330000 in 2015 ---------------------------------Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers1998 - CurrentThe Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.Y = Year of manufactureMM = Month of manufacturePPP = Production numberThe serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are:J = TeradaT = Terada,F = Fuji-GenNo Letter = Fuji-GenExample: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 1231987 - 1997For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format.They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.Y = Year of manufactureC = Model codePPP = Production numberModel Codes (C)1 = NVJ2 = EMPEROR3 = RIVIERA4 = SHERATON5 = CASINO6 = Limited Edition7 = EB-28 = ES-930J9 = EMPEROR-JExample: 34123 = 1993 / SHERATON / unit 123Example: 38123 = 1993 / ES-930J / unit 1231971 - 1987The Aria Epiphone Japan models that were made by Matsumoku from the early 1970s and ending before 1987 do not have a reliable serial numbering system but can be approximately dated using their Epiphone label colors.1971-1975 - Blue label - Early models say "Union Made"1976-1979 - Tan or white "Lincolnwood" label with Norlin logo1980-1987 - Brown Label with splotched pattern 350c69d7ab

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