I would be more incline to blame typo's from back then on the Old No. You can image that in Germany the distributor is very strong and in that time Ibanez was sell really more e-guitars than acoustics. But at least it's shorter than my 'thinking aloud' which John understandably removed. There are so many of these models out there that never made it to catalog. The series code usually is an abbreviation of the series name. Perhaps you can find a touch-up pen for a car in a similar colour. The Captain wrote that production numbers 00001-49999 were acoustics and the numbers 50000-99999 were electric guitars and basses.
What's also possible is that there was another factory starting with T, and that this was the reason they used H for Terada. Think I should tell Jerry to get rid of the 565R category that my pics are in at the registry? They can definitely hang with the Prestige and Signature models. But an interesting matter, isn't it? What's the rest of the serial number? Thanks for the advice and info! Ibanez and Maxon pedals cannot be dated by serial numbers alone. On problem: to mix a paint you need quite large amounts to get a good mix. An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year.
Serial numbers can be useful in determining the age of a guitar as well as in which country and by which builder it was produced. We're not fully convinced that the suffix letter is actually the factory code. Some say they were made in the 80's, some the 70's. Most just bore a neck plate simply marked Japan. What is more often interpreted wrong is: H90xxxx. It is korean judging by the Made in Korea text , but the serial number, that starts with a C I'm guessing Cort is followed by only six numbers and the first two are 4 and 3, meaning C431520. Or would they have used different characters for the months October, November and December like they did in China? The factory and location in China is not known.
You can see the same in the daily production numbers of Gibson guitars from the Bosemann Montana factory: they started to count from 500, So guitar 501 was actually guitar 1 while in Nashville they started at 001. Copyright August 2002 by Ibanez Rules! Who cares about sequentially assigned production numbers? My bass seems to have had a sticker too, there is a lilbit of glue under the serial. The government checked each product leaving Japan. If 90, no month possible, right? If you can find one of these, I say grab it, because from what I've seen, they are almost as rare as hen's teeth. Why they would have used the zero is confusing, and why they would've put it in front of the month rather than the number is unknown, and does violate the rule.
In cases where generic non model specific plates are used the 4 digit number is just the consecutive number of that plate which could have made it on possibly 10 different models. Now you thought that you had to be kind for the thread for Ibanez. They have always been plain black, cheap, simple looking things. Acoustics are a different animal. In 2003 the production of these Artstar models was discontinued. Manufacture Indonesia 2001—2019 Letter + 9 digits Example: K160600221 The letter indicates in which factory the guitar was manufactured.
Anyways i have a question that was so important it got me to join. Serial number F534157 here is the 4157th guitar of 1995, built by FujiGen Gakki in July 1995. But, yeah, if Wolfgang has anything on that it'd be good. So there were max 99 made in that year or from the start of 2461 production. The Terada factory is now building hollow and semi-hollow body guitars for Epiphone as well as their own 'Thumb' brand guitars. Saw one three weeks ago: S03xxxxxx on an Aria.
But it has proved to be more problematic because of exceptions and duplications. So, your guitar seems to be from January 1991, it was guitar 581 and was made in the Peerless factory. After all he would have the biggest Ibanez display in Sydney in his store. That seems to make the most sense. I believe that a leading zero can also be found in place of the month letter, although I don't know what that means early production, maybe, or possibly 12-string? Which would still leave a J and more importantly the I unaccounted for.
Some of the stories are really amazing, like Leo Fender saying he wouldn't want his company back even if they added money to it, because he would have to lock too many doors every night. The lads over there really struggle with serial numbers and i thought it would be helpful. The all solid Artwoods were really to expensive for the German market. Killage, Chazmo and I are trying to figure out the exact systematics of the acoustics serial numbers. The second tens digit identifies the quality class as described above for the hundreds digit in the typical naming system.
I searched a lot on the web but found no information about this prefix. Thanks once again for the great job you've done. There were problems with the web hosting company yesterday. New naming strategy for Prestige models Starting in 2014 a new naming convention was added for certain models in the line. Still up for debate is when it was made. So, if the last R is Rosewood fretboard, the color is Jewel Red, which leaves us with the I for.