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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2016, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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To all J-Custom afficianados....

So I'm trying to solve a serial number dilemma. I have an early J-custom that in the neck pocket of the body is stamed HKRG1502. It's a two hum config. Neck is the typical early J-custom one piece maple with volute, black headstock that says "J-custom" etc... The serial is one I've not been able to identify. 603779 underneath it "Made in Japan". Underneath the fretboard on the side that buts up to the neck cavity in the body it's stamped RGC308.
At one time, back when I got the guitar, I had thought that it was a '96 production that was made for the 97 release of the J-customs but I'm just not 100% on this. I know when I got the guitar I had done a little bit of research here and elsewhere and thought I had determined that it was just that. A j-custom built in 96 for the 97 release of the guitars.
I have found somone who wants to purchase the guitar and I don't want to lead him astray so I would like to be able to explain to him why an F is missing in the serial #. I guess for my own piece of mind, I'd like to know too. Just never thought about it too much as it's always been a perfect guitar. I also recall reading somewhere that the serial #'s were at times a bit "off" in the early days. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2016, 09:45 PM
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Re: To all J-Custom afficianados....

what you have is one of the very early J custom that doesn't sport any typical 'F' serial numbers.

'KRG' designated for one of the store in Japan that got exclusive model for them.
If I'm not mistaken 'KRG' is for IKEBE gakki.

I'd bet it's 96 production as you expected.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-08-2016, 11:37 PM
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Re: To all J-Custom afficianados....

HRG is for Ikebe
MRG - Kurosawa
IRG - Ishibashi
RRG/KRG - Rock Inn or something

So go figure.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-09-2016, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: To all J-Custom afficianados....

Thanks Psycho and mrpan! Appreciate the info.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-09-2016, 11:08 AM
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Re: To all J-Custom afficianados....

Most JC's don't have an F serial number. Just a number.

Found in an old thread that KRG was for Key Original, which I assume is/was a dealer in Japan.
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