Odd 25xxxx serial number. Dating, HOW?
I used the forum search (and lots of Google) to find an answer to my question, but I wasn't successful.
I own one of the JEM77 BFP with 250K-serial number (253399) as mentioned on "IBANEZ RULEZ"
(in the "Plate Numbers JEM-UV" section)
Where things go astray is when the Jem line went to AANJ in 93'. This is where you start seeing consecutive numbered plates on the remaining regular joint models that no longer indicate year. 160225 was a very odd plate number I came across on a Jem. Most that I'm aware of are what I call 250k plates [25****] and current 2003' FP15th's have 260K plates [26****] meaning there have been over 10,000 Jem's made since they deviated from the serial plate numbering. No matter as most can be dated by the headstock serial # but there will be guitars without them and the plate number will be the only number available. Late BFP's with direct mount pickups for example which bear these 160k/250k plates and no headstock sticker.END OF QUOTE
Now, from what I can see on Jemsite (Jem-Universe info) my guitar must have been built after 1990, because it has a LoPro Edge installed. Second: it must have been produced after 1993 because in 1993 they started to use mentioned 250K numbers.
My guitar has no serial number sticker on the headstock, so the plate number is all I have.
I have found many advice about how to read and date Ibanez serial numbers, I even found a site (guitar dater project) where you can type inyour serial number and get the production date, but it doesn't work with these odd 250k-numbers.
Is there ANY way I can determine, in which exact year my guitar was manufactured??
Production years were '91 to '94, which leaves only two years in which my BFP could have been built: '93 and '94.
It also has the directly mounted pickups (NOT mounted to the pickguard), but I couldn't find any information about WHEN this was changed during production.
Can anybody help me with this? Any helpful links??