15 year old dating rules

In a case where a guitar has both the true serial number will always be the headstock number.Plate numbers usually follow the pattern of the first 2 digits denoting year of production followed by a 4 digit number that denotes consecutive production for that model for that year, or consecutive production number for that particular model from the models inception.

F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen.

The first digit will be the last digit of the year, ie. The last 5 numbers will be the consecutive number denoting production count for the year with the caveat that each month will start at predetermined intervals of 3000 or 5000, etc.

It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number.

The letter stands for the month, A for January etc., the first 2 digits will be the year, 76 is 1976, 96 is 1996, the last 4 digits will be the consecutive production number for that months production, 1356 would be the 1356th guitar produced that month.

;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.

See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.

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.

These guitars can be dated by their electronics if they are original.

An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.

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