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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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jem555 serial #'s

sorry to bore you big boys with this, but can one of you enlighten me about the serial number policy for the jem555's? I have acquired a couple and want to date them.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 12:04 PM
 
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Just gotta go look through jemsite

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JEM & UVs with the All-Access-Neck have serial numbers engraved on the back of the headstock. Pictured is the serial number of a a 1993 JEM7VWH (top) and a UV777BK (bottom). Like the heel plate serial numbers, these serial numbers are untraceable by Ibanez for some sad reason.

In any event the serial numbers have some meaning. The "F" indicates that the guitar was made at the Fugijen factory in Japan. The first digit represents the model year. For example "F336765 is a 1993 model. "Made in Japan" is engraved below the serial number.

In late 1997 Ibanez made a change for the better. The serial numbers have "Japan" written below, with the 2 digit model year designation after "F". This makes sense to accommodate 2000 and eventual confusion with a one digit year identifier. "F9738417" signifies the guitar is made in Japan as a 1997 model.
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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.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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so explain this # C6106570..... C = Korean... 6 = 96???
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-02-2003, 03:46 PM
 
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that would be correct
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2003, 02:39 PM
 
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yep mine is C02081284, a 2002 JEM555, made in june to be exact(note on the inside of the neck)
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2003, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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why are some jem jr and some just jem on headstock?? my 555wh is 9 years old and has simply jem on the headstock and plain scratch plate (not pearloid)
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-06-2003, 05:35 AM
 
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i guess the old ones were too hideous compared to the 7vwh hehe(no offence mate), i think the new ones sold alot better
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