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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture. There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only. If you're trying to figure out what model something is from the serial number, figure out what year it is then go to the catalog library for the corresponding year [or year before or after] to find the model.
Some models will never be found in the catalogs, that's just the way it is. On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all.
This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only. See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere. Before Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. Most just bore a neck plate simply marked Japan. The only way to date these guitars is to find out what years they were available and then comparing all the minute details like scripts, contours, and inlay variances that only the hardcore vintage gurus know.
These guitars can be dated by their electronics if they are original. Here is the breakdown courtesy of Ibanez Collectors World. Until Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code 1,2,3, etc.
Although guitars already had serials from , between and they used a 6 character serial on pickups: 1st character is a production code 1,2,3, etc.
It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number. The letter stands for the month, A for January etc. This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock. A - The th guitar produced in January ' There are many variables of numbering through these years and between different models and are broken down into 3 categories, stickers, plates, and the impressed numbers that follow the old school style detailed above.
F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen. The first digit will be the last digit of the year, ie. The last 5 numbers will be the consecutive number denoting production count for the year with the caveat that each month will start at predetermined intervals of or , etc. Presently it is set at These serial numbers are usually quite different from the MIJ numbers, have many extra digits because of the enormous volume of guitars produced, and I am not familiar enough with any of them to tell you how to figure out the dating.
Cort Serial Numbers - Cort serial numbers are denoted with a C prefix followed by either 7 or 8 digits. I'm not sure what year the changeover occurred but using the formula it will be easy for you to tell. The letter denotes year, starting in with A, with a 5 digit production number. Z will be the year Month, production number that month, year.
I do not know how accurate the system is but the few I've run have worked just fine. Plate serial numbers have nothing to do with headstock serial numbers.
In a case where a guitar has both the true serial number will always be the headstock number. Plate numbers usually follow the pattern of the first 2 digits denoting year of production followed by a 4 digit number that denotes consecutive production for that model for that year, or consecutive production number for that particular model from the models inception. In cases where generic non model specific plates are used the 4 digit number is just the consecutive number of that plate which could have made it on possibly 10 different models.
Except for the very first batch of 90' UV plates that began 00, UV plates are also dated by the first 2 numbers. A Universe plate would denote a production year of 91 and the th Universe built. This is where you start seeing consecutive numbered plates on the remaining regular joint models that no longer indicate year.
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. The UV plate numbers also changed to these consecutive plates and will be found on late UV7BK's in both green dot and silver. Universe plate would denote a production year of 91 and the th Universe built.. Universe number could be a 96' UV7 green dot and the indicates the th plate. Pinning these guitars down to closer than a 2 year window would be tough.
This actually makes alot of sense from a manufacturing stance as they no longer had to order plates that denoted year of production and could just order consecutive numbered plates without care to year. They would no longer be restricted to using a specific plate in a specific year and any batch of plates would be good forever.
JS - JS series guitars built in Japan have a neck plate that is stamped with a consecutive number since production first began with no indication of date. They are termed J plates because of a J prefix in the number but somewhere around J they dropped the J leaving just the 6 digit number. The only way to date a JS that only has a neck plate number is by spec. Sometime around they started using the typical F based serial stickers on the headstock and in all cases this should be considered the serial number of the guitars that bear them.
Some have actually had two numbered plates and some have had one numbered and one unnumbered plate. Bensalem, Pa. Address Plates - The cast black and chrome neck plates like the JS, these bear a 6 digit serial number. The first 2 digits indicate year and the last 4 indicate a consecutive production number for USAC's. Note that these do not indicate the guitar was "built" in the US but typically means it was assembled and finished in the US using Japanese parts.
These guitars will either have Bensalem or North Hollywood plates depending on year, pre 91' will be Bensalem, post 91' will be North Hollywood.
These plates will either follow the 6 digit plate scheme where the first 2 digits denote year, or they will be blank and have a Japan serial sticker on the headstock.
Guitars with the blank numbered cast plate will bear a headstock serial sticker denoting the Fujigen production of the parts. JEM plate or JS plate, or a consecutive numbered 6 digit cast black and chrome plate on guitars without specific model plates.
There are some models that have no serial number at all. Many American Masters will either have a paper serial sticker or nothing. Guitars with no serial can only be dated by spec to when that guitar is shown to be available. Your serial number might indicate a year the guitar was not available. Typically you'll find serial numbers that indicate production the year or years before the guitar became officially available. In preparation for a model release the factory will produce as many as they believe they can immediately distribute so there are guitars available when the model is announced.
Other times you'll find that the guitar was available even years earlier in other markets or even as spot production specials for Summer NAMM [or other country] Many times you'll see a model that you will not find in any literature, and if it is factory and not a custom it probably indicates a run of guitars ordered as a special.
These might be in a different color, have different inlays, or whatever other spec made it different. Generally these are identified by spec consensus, ie. For verification the neck should be pulled and the factory model designation stamps used in addition to the specs. Your serial number could be for a year long after your guitar was available. Or was it? Was it still available somewhere else in the world where it still had a strong market and was still being sold.
Just because a P1 is not available in the US in 97' doesn't mean it wasn't still available in France. Just because no PGM's were shown in the US catalog until doesn't mean that 's and 's hadn't been sold in the US and abroad since Also there are many guitars whose necks have been replaced due to breaks or just bad necks. Replacement necks can have serial numbers years after the model "should" be dated by spec and in all instances if the spec changed by the date shown on the neck the spec must be used to determine year of production, ie.
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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture. There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only. If you're trying to figure out what model something is from the serial number, figure out what year it is then go to the catalog library for the corresponding year [or year before or after] to find the model. Some models will never be found in the catalogs, that's just the way it is.
Ibanez serial numbers
Ibanez serial numbers are unique identifiers placed on instruments sold under the Ibanez brand. Ibanez guitars have used serial numbers since the mid s. Some sources say the practice started in September , but serial numbers indicating production as early as October have been spotted. The serial numbers are generally a character string containing letters and numbers, although some are purely numeric. Serial numbers can be useful in determining the age of a guitar as well as in which country and by which builder it was produced. Unfortunately, there is no single unified format used for Ibanez serial numbers. The information on this page is culled from several sources both on-line and off-line and represents a distillation of the available information. It applies primarily to electric guitars, but some information may also be applicable to acoustics.
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- Сейчас найду.
Она безуспешно пыталась высвободиться. - Я сделал это ради нас обоих. Мы созданы друг для друга. Сьюзан, я люблю .
- Потом мы запустим его снова, а Филу скажем, что ему все это приснилось. Стратмор задумался над ее словами, затем покачал головой: - Пока не стоит. ТРАНСТЕКСТ работает пятнадцать часов. Пусть пройдут все двадцать четыре часа - просто чтобы убедиться окончательно.
Комната была пуста, если не считать старой изможденной женщины на койке, пытавшейся подсунуть под себя судно. Хорошенькое зрелище, - подумал Беккер.
- Где, черт возьми, регистратура. За едва заметным изгибом коридора Беккер услышал голоса. Он пошел на звук и уткнулся в стеклянную дверь, за которой, судя по доносящемуся оттуда шуму и гвалту, происходило нечто вроде драки.
Преодолев отвращение, Беккер открыл дверь.
Спальня, - без колебаний отозвался. Сьюзан смутилась. - Хорошо, а что, если… кошка. - Жила! - не задумываясь выпалил Беккер. - Жила.
Сьюзан это не удивило. Она не могла припомнить, чтобы когда-то отменялось дежурство, но Стратмор, очевидно, не хотел присутствия непосвященных. Он и мысли не допускал о том, что кто-то из сотрудников лаборатории узнает о Цифровой крепости. - Наверное, стоит выключить ТРАНСТЕКСТ, - предложила Сьюзан. - Потом мы запустим его снова, а Филу скажем, что ему все это приснилось.
Корпоративные программисты во всем мире озаботились решением проблемы безопасности электронной почты. В конце концов оно было найдено - так родился доступный широкой публике способ кодирования. Его концепция была столь же проста, сколь и гениальна.
Сьюзан вздохнула: - Программа принимает ключ только в цифровой форме. Мне кажется, что тут содержится некий намек на то, что это за цифра. В тексте названы Хиросима и Нагасаки, города, разрушенные атомными бомбами.
Сьюзан сделала вид, что не поняла.
Вот где кольцо! - подумал. - В сумке. - и улыбнулся, едва сохраняя спокойствие. - Ты сочтешь это сумасшествием, - сказал Беккер, - но мне кажется, что у тебя есть кое-что, что мне очень. - Да? - Меган внезапно насторожилась.
Глаза ее были полны слез. - Прости меня, Дэвид, - прошептала. - Я… я не могу. Дэвид даже вздрогнул. Он смотрел в ее глаза, надеясь увидеть в них насмешливые искорки.
Но их там не. - Сью… зан, - заикаясь, начал .
Хейл даже замер от неожиданности. - Что. - Я вызываю агентов безопасности. - Нет, коммандер! - вскрикнула Сьюзан.