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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-28-2003, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Figuring out the year a UV was produced

Is there a way I can figure out when a UV7BK was made using the cerial number or something? Im curious because they were made for a span of 6 years and i just bought a used one.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-28-2003, 10:41 PM
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Original Heel JEM/UV neck plate serial numbers: six digit number. The first two digits designate the year the neck plate was produced and approximate production year of the guitar.

881234 is a 1988 model
001234 is a 1990 model (don't ask!)
911234 is a 1991 model

AANJ serial numbers on back of headstock: The All-Access-Neck JEM/UV and Ibanez guitars feature serial numbers silkscreened on the back of the headstock. Under the number is the imprint "Japan" or "Made in Japan" F = Fugijen factory in Japan.

In 1997 a 2 digit model year designation after "F" was used. This makes sense to accommodate 2000 and eventual confusion with a one digit year identifier.

F312345 is a 1993 model
F512345 is a 1995 model
F9701234 is a 1997 model
F9812345 is a 1998 model

Even though the serial numbers tell you the approximate creation date or model year, Ibanez has no way of tracking models by serial number. They cannot tell that "F501234" is a JEM or a bass guitar. You cannot trace the JEM777LNG number of a guitar by it's serial number. For some reason that Ibanez cannot explain, many neck plate serial number are incorrect in respect to the model year. Often RBs have 87xxxx stampings when they are '88 models and PMCs have 91xxxx designation when they're a 1992 model. I believe JEM/UV guitars deserve a better serial numbering system that what Ibanez has implemented.

Note that certain non-AANJ JEM/UVs might have two serial numbers. One on the headstock and one on the neckplate. This is normal.

note: from the main page under FAQ's

BTW, UV's have been in production for 13 years now.
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