Dating ibanez jem guitars

A761356 – The 1356th guitar produced in January ’76.1987 – Present These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above.Pinning these guitars down to closer than a 2 year window would be tough.This actually makes a lot of sense from a manufacturing stance as they no longer had to order plates that denoted year of production and could just order consecutive numbered plates without care to year.

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An 8 digit number example – C03114373 – translates, 03 = 2003, 11 = 11th month (November), 4373 = 4373rd guitar built in November 2003.Late BFP’s with direct mount pickups for example which bear these 160k/250k plates and no headstock sticker.The UV plate numbers also changed to these consecutive plates and will be found on late UV7BK’s in both green dot and silver.See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.Before 1975 Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. The only way to date these guitars is to find out what years they were available and then comparing all the minute details like scripts, contours, and inlay variances that only the hardcore vintage gurus know.

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