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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2013, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
Dave BFP
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Ibanez J Custom Serial Numbers/Dates

As a multiple J-Custom and JEM owner and user of many years (i make my living with them), I always try to be helpful to others. Someone was asking about date codes, and i always found this (taken from another web forum) to be accurate. Hope it helps you all......quote...

"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.

Captain Ibanez"
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