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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-13-2015, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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NEED HELP DATING MY IBANEZ JEM 555

Hey guys, so I recently inherited an Ibanez Jem 555 from my step dad. He doesn't play, and doesn't really know anything about guitars. I'll admit I don't know anything about dating an Ibanez. I did some initial searching, but can't seem to find anything about my serial number. Pretty positive it's not a fake too. He says he bought it off some guy desperate for money in the 90's in Boston for $500 which included the case and a Marshall. I've cleaned it up and put all new strings on it and it is in GREAT condition. The headstock says "C430602 Jem 555 Made in Korea". I can post pictures if needed. It's black. Not a Jr. Just want to learn more about it.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-13-2015, 07:28 PM
 
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Re: NEED HELP DATING MY IBANEZ JEM 555

C= Cort Korea (factory where your Ibanez Jem 555 was made)
4= 1994
3= Not sure, but probably 3rd month (March); it seems an early guitar, after a while they started using the 7 number serial numbers where 03 means March.
0602= 602th guitar buit in March 1994

The first Jems 555 where made in 1994 in Fujigen; then switched production to Cort Korea. Yours seems to be one of the early batches from Korea.
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