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  • Ibanez Serial Numbers.

    This is an interesting post I found while surfing on the net, that I want to share with my fellow leftys.

    """"""" Well gang here it is the ultimate list on serial numbers from today to yesterday. Now I know there are a few yawning out there but think of those who do not know how to read them. I hope this list will be a useful one to all at ICW.

    OK it goes like this..starting with Japanese built guitars:
    1997 to Now
    F=Fujigen factory,
    2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004)
    next 5 digits =month & build number
    Jan=5000
    Feb=10000
    Mar=15000
    Apr=20000
    May=25000
    June=30000
    July=35000
    Aug=40000
    Sept=45000
    Oct=50000
    Nov=55000
    Dec=60000
    So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.

    1984 to 1996 example serial number F232104
    F=Fujigen
    2=1992 as an example
    3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec
    2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made

    1975 to 1983
    Example serial number C800358
    C=March So A=Jan M=Dec
    80 = 1980 year of build
    0358= 358th guitar built for that month.

    Sung Eum Factory
    Example serial number E9052345
    E=Sung Eum
    9=1999
    05= May So 01=Jan 12=Dec
    2345= 2345th guitar built for that month

    Korean Built Ibanez
    Cort Factory Acoustics and Electrics start with C
    eg C03071234
    C=Factory
    03=2003
    07=July
    1234=1234th guitar built for that month

    Saehan Factory: acoustics start with SQ, electrics start with S

    Sae-In Factory starts with A
    These other factories follow the same serial number pattern as the Cort Korean factory.

    Indonesian Made Ibanez

    These guitars start with the following
    I=Cort Indonesia factory
    K=KWO factory
    J=Sejung factory

    The example serial number is K031034335
    K=KWO
    03=2003
    10=Oct. So 01= Jan 12=Dec
    34335 it is from the Acoustic range
    So 00001 to 49999 are Acoustic Guitars, 50000 to 99999 are electric guitars and electric basses
    All 3 factories use the same serial number system

    China Production
    W=World Factory
    Z=Yeou Chern Factory
    Example Serial Number WX32149
    W=World Factory
    X=October...but wait it goes like this for the build months
    1=Jan
    2=Feb
    3=Mar
    4=Apr
    5=May
    6=Jun
    7=July
    8=Aug
    9=Sep
    X=Oct
    Y=Nov
    Z=Dec
    3=2003
    2149= 2149th guitar built for that month.

    So there it is peeps, this brings you up to date,if there is other stuff I have left out which I'm sure I might have like the Artstar Jazz Boxes with the H starting serial number...Lt Commander Roadster please fill in the missing blanks here
    If you have anything else please put it here so we can keep a uniform thread to be used by all as good reference guide. I hope this is useful to all our new fellow Ibaneezer's who have joined the collective as of late. """"""

    Cheers.
    "NO, I don't build left handed guitars! I think left handed people are freaks and should not even play the guitar."

    Words by a famous luthier when asked by me for a custom left handed instrument quote.

    "Great man, you are brilliant! So your stupid ass thinks that Hendrix should have never played the guitar?!"

    My reply.

  • #2
    nifty!never played a lefty ibanez..........if i get the itch this will be handy!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jp529 View Post
      nifty!never played a lefty ibanez..........if i get the itch this will be handy!
      Go out and get a used RG550 from the 80's, come back here and thank me

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jesse View Post
        Go out and get a used RG550 from the 80's, come back here and thank me
        The ratings on these old monsters are immense all over the net! I am currently saving up for an RG1550ML the closest new guitar you can get, to the 80's RG550's, plus a 5-piece maple walnut neck, plus an edge zero tremolo.
        The only guitar that can compare in terms of "value for money" is my Emperion.
        "NO, I don't build left handed guitars! I think left handed people are freaks and should not even play the guitar."

        Words by a famous luthier when asked by me for a custom left handed instrument quote.

        "Great man, you are brilliant! So your stupid ass thinks that Hendrix should have never played the guitar?!"

        My reply.

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        • #5
          With the Prestige stuff you're paying extra for the neck and fretwork. My RG1570 is much, much nicer than the RG470 it replaced, although a casual glance might make you only think the main difference was the paint job and direct mount versus pickup rings. The 1550 (replacing the 1570) isn't really my thing as I like dark boards but I'm sure it's equally as nice.

          You can get a Jap RG2550 I think too, pretty sure it has the Edge Zero trem too.

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          • #6
            Agreed Paul. The RG2550 is very nice but I am not sure that the Edge Zero
            tremolo and DiMarzio/Ibanez pickups can justify the 280 Euros of price difference between the RG2550 and the RG1570. Also the RG1570 can be found very easily as used for a lot less, but the RG2550 is very hard to find second hand..

            Links: RG2550

            http://www.californiamusic.fr/gauche...t_2780_fr.html

            RG1570

            http://www.californiamusic.fr/gauche...t_2440_fr.html

            I wouldn't mind a nice RG1570 over an RG1550 if the price was better but I'm really hot for that maple fingerboard!!!
            "NO, I don't build left handed guitars! I think left handed people are freaks and should not even play the guitar."

            Words by a famous luthier when asked by me for a custom left handed instrument quote.

            "Great man, you are brilliant! So your stupid ass thinks that Hendrix should have never played the guitar?!"

            My reply.

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            • #7
              Get in then!

              I pimped my 1570 with pickup upgrades, a Tremol-no and the locking stud mod so the Edge Pro is much more stable. <3 the thing now.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Pauly View Post
                Get in then!

                I pimped my 1570 with pickup upgrades, a Tremol-no and the locking stud mod so the Edge Pro is much more stable. <3 the thing now.
                I've saved up most of the amount. I will post pictures soon!!!
                "NO, I don't build left handed guitars! I think left handed people are freaks and should not even play the guitar."

                Words by a famous luthier when asked by me for a custom left handed instrument quote.

                "Great man, you are brilliant! So your stupid ass thinks that Hendrix should have never played the guitar?!"

                My reply.

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