Dating your fender guitar
The next 4 numbers are the productionnumber that month they only produced 9999 pcs each month.EXAMPLE C760276 this is March 1976 the 276pc made that month Post 1987 models the letter is now the Factory designation.A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped onthe heel area.In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization methodthat is in practice today.These guitars were made either in Korea, Indonesia,or Japan. 410, 610), Thousand Series, XL Series, ZX Series, Aerostar Series, Showster Series, and Ferrington Series.Furthermore, the Gorky Park special editionmodel is also an overseas made guitar.
Some top of the line Epiphones were producedin the U. at either Gibson's Nashville or Montana facilities in the 1990s.
This updated system utilizes an impressed eightdigit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.