the letter (3rd position) is the month; March (see chart.) The third letter is an internal code for Japan. Some believe that the first digit may denote the year, but this pertains only to pre-Fender Korean-made guitars. This example is number 3, a Baby.20070311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence. So serial number: 933130, indicates production run 933 and the 130th instrument produced in that run. Great deals on Hagstrom Vintage Electric Guitars. If the neck pocket contains no stamps, you'll need to check the mid-'90s catalogues and get an idea of which years the model was released. Exceptions are the Ibanez Blazer models which were made by Dyna Gakki and the Axstar by Ibanez models AX40, AX45, AX48, AXB50, AXB60, AXB65, AX70, AX75 which were made by Chushin Gakki. -- Kramer -- Martin -- Ovation -- Paul Reed Smith (PRS) -- Peavey --, Reverend (NEW!) Photo: Michael Wright. They follow a sequential numbering system outlined in the table below:Year Serial Number Sequence1966 0398-39511967 3952-74331968 7434-108441969 10645-123311970 12332-134921971 13493-151211972 15122-180581973 18059-237451974 23746-361501975 36151-381041976 38105-39943 (SG-175, SX-125)1001-1390 (SG1000)1001-1126 (SG2000)1977 001391-002365 (SG1000)001251-002610 (SG2000)001001-001270 (BB1200)001271-001320 (BB2000)1978 002366-003110 (SG1000)002611-003760 (SG2000)001321-002965 (BB1200)002001-002380 (BB2000)1979 003111-004445 (SG1000)003761-005088 (SG2000)002966-004000 (BB1200)002381-002920 (BB2000)1980 (through July) 004446-005329 (SG1000)005081-005375 (SG2000)1980 (through December) 013001-0242151981 025410-0596181982 059620-0966391983 096640-1268451984 (through July) 126846-146196 Electrics and basses after 1984, the system becomes increasingly complex. All serials used numbers, except for Johnny Ramone's white Sunburst, which had characters in place of numbers. In some cases I've merged info from 3 or 4 different sources to try and give a more complete picture. Hagstrom only made 306 of the lefty Hagstrom III guitars. The Gibson website explains the new system in more detail, thus:The pattern is as follows:YDDDYRRRYY is the production yearDDD is the day of the yearRRR is the factory ranking/plant designation numberNOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 20052014 - PresentThe pattern is as follows:YYRRRRRRRYY is the model yearRRRRRRR is the number in product for the model year (starts at 0000001) Gretsch (Back to top of page)1939 - 1965001 to 999 Pre-war10xx to 20xx Approximately 1945-194720xx-30xx Approximately 1948-194930xx to 40xx Approximately 195040xx to 50xx Approximately 195150xx to 70xx Approximately 195270xx to 90xx 195390xx to 130xx 1954130xx to 180xx 1955180xx to 210xx 1956210xx to 260xx 1957 Note: 1000 serial numbers from 1957 were misplaced and later turned up, with original '57-style labels, in 1965.260xx to 300xx 1958300xx to 340xx 1959340xx to 390xx 1960390xx to 450xx 1961451xx to 530xx 1962530xx to 630xx 1963630xx to 770xx 1964770xx to 840xx 1965, Note: the misplaced 1957 serial numbers, as well as some odd four-digit serial numbers, show up in 1965-1966, during the transition to the date-coded system in mid-'66.Notes on early era: 1939 - 1945 serials will be written in pencil inside guitar body. See the explanation for serial number 980311301 below:980311301 First two digits indicate the year - 98 (1998)980311301 3rd & 4th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March)980311301 5th & 6th digit indicate the day - 11 (the 11th)980311301 7th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 through Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for a T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for SolidBody Series. Serial Nr. When the Charvel Model 5 and 6 were introduced in 1986, the serial number was found on the back of the headstock under the clear coat, in the form of a plastic decal. This first table lays out graphically the PRS prefix scheme described and is followed by tables for production numbers of various models.PRS Prefix indicators0 = 1990 or 20001 = 1991 or 20012 = 1992 or 20023 = 1993 or 20034 = 1994 or 20045 = 1985, 1995, or 20056 = 1986, 1996, or 20067 = 1987, 1997, or 20078 = 1988, 1998, or 20089 = 1989, 1999, or 200910 = 201011 = 201112 = 201213 = 201314 = 201415 = 201516 = 201617 = 201718 = 2018Set Neck Models (back of headstock)After the year prefix:Serial Number / Year0001 - 0400 19850401 - 1700 19861701 - 3500 19873501 - 5400 19885401 - 7600 19897601 - 10100 199010101 - 12600 199112601 - 15000 199215001 - 17900 199317901 - 20900 199420901 - 24600 199524601 - 29500 199629501 - 34600 199734601 - 39100 199839101 - 44499 199944500 - 52199 200052200 - 62199 200162200 - 72353 200272354 - 82254 200382255 - 92555 200492556 - 103103 2005103104 - 114940 2006114941 - 132401 2007132402 - 146419 2008146420 - 159132 2009159133 - 170591 2010170592 - 183862 2011183863 - 196410 2012196411 - 206059 2013206060 - 215491 2014215492 - 224954 2015224955 - 236147 2016236148 - 2017S2 Models (back of headstock)After the year prefix:Serial Number / YearS2000001 – S2003820 2013S2003821 – S2010529 2014S2010530 – S2017390 2015S2017391 – 2016CE Models (2016 and Later) (neck plate)Prefix Number / Year16 201617 2017CE Models (1988 - 2008) (neck plate)Serial Number / Year7 0001 – 0270 19887 0271 – 1830 19897 1831 – 3200 19907 3201 – 4540 19917 4541 – 7090 19927 7091 – 8820 19937 8821 – 10700 19947 10701 – 13000 19957 13001 – 14680 19967 14681 – 17130 19977 17131 – 19580 1998 (prefix may be CE)CE 19581 – 20749 1999CE 20750 – 21599 2000CE 21600 – 23199 2001CE 23200 – 25389 2002CE 25390 – 26399 2003CE 26400 – 27900 2004CE 27901 – 29377 2005CE 29378 - 31800 2006CE 31801 - 32783 2007CE 32784 - 33881 2008EG Models (neck plate)Serial Number / Year5 or EG 0001 – 0920 19905 or EG 0921 – 1290 19915 or EG 1291 – 2070 19925 or EG 2071 – 2870 19935 or EG 2871 – 3190 19945 or EG 3191 - 3300 1995Swamp Ash Special Models (neck plate)Serial Number / Year8 00001 – 00410 19978 or SA 00411 – 00760 1998SA 00761 – 00969 1999SA 00970 – 01179 2000SA 01180 – 01399 2001SA 01400 – 01899 2002SA 01900 – 02099 2003SA 02100 – 02287 2004SA 02288 – 02700 2005SA 02701 – 02800 2006SA 02801 – 03055 2007SA 03056 – 03256 2008SA 003257 – 03312 2009Bolt-On Bass (neck plate)After the year prefix:Serial Number / Year4 0001 – 0030 19894 0031 – 0140 19904 0141 – 0200 1991Set-Neck Bass (back of headstock)After the year prefix:Serial Number / Year9 0001 – 0230 1986/879 0231 – 0350 19889 0351 – 0680 19899 0681 – 0730 19909 0731 – 0800 1991Electric Bass (back of headstock)After the year prefix:Serial Number / YearEB 00007 – 00072 2000EB 00073 – 00199 2001EB 00200 – 00422 2002EB 00423 – 00501 2003EB 00502 – 00650 2004SE Models (back of headstock)Prefix Letter / YearA 2000B 2001C 2002D 2003E 2004F 2005G 2006H 2007I 2008J 2009K 2010L 2011M 2012N 2013O 2014Acoustic Serial NumbersThe serial number of an acoustic is located on the label inside the sound hole of the guitar. I'll help if I can, but odds are your searching will uncover the same stuff I'd find. Hagstrom Super Swede Limited Made in Sweden. Q: Who are you and where did you get this serial number information? Hagstrom Guitar Serial Numbers - Hagström's main guitar is an Ibanez tradition 8-String M8M which function RG-shaped alder or Iceman-shaped swamp ash bodies with. If you’re looking for an unusual, quality guitar, the Hagstrom Swede models are well worth looking at. Proudly Crafted by Mirr Music Limited Korea." John wished to share his experience and knowledge about the instruments, their restoration, and be able to provide instruments and parts to novices, collectors, and enthusiasts. It comes with it's orginal tiger case. The year of manufacture can be deduced from the first few numerical characters in the serial number.Either the first 2 digits, or the first digit, are typically used to identify the year of manufacture.For example, 8901827 indicate the instrument was made in 1989, 1988, or 1998. 1958-1983 Hagstrom guitar – musical instruments made in in Älvdalen, Dalecarlia, Sweden. Serials are usually found inside the body near the neck joint. Serial such as: BNNNNYYP, where: Some other things to note. Serial may appear on back of headstock or neck plate, and from what I've seen if it starts "MCXX," the first two digits indicate last two of year. Peavey (Back to top of page) Serial numbers correlate to shipping dates of US models only. White kept very detailed. The second letter is the month; March. With the help of the serial number decoder, tables and instructions are the year and location of the largest well-known brands. Martin Mandolins from before 1991 use a different sequence than guitars (see Martin website). BUT not all Korean models say this. Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. It is an electric 8 string. If it isn't there, you probably have the sequential serial format and possibly a 2000's model.96xxxxx, 97xxxxx, 98xxxxx Jackson Logo OnlyThese numbers started circa '96-8 at 9600000, hit 9700000 circa 2003, 9800000 circa 2007 and ended in late 2011 around 985xxxx. One important innovation by Hagstrom, and arguably one of the key reasons for their sucess, was the low-action "fastest playing neck in the world" produced by their patented H-shaped "expander-stretcher" truss rod (rail). This website possesses NO DATABASE of guitars made by manufactures, instead simple serial code patterns that are available on this site and in the wider guitar community are used. The three numbers are the unit number; 123.Made in Japan, 1989-2002:Letter-letter-letter-letter-###, like so: SKJL321.The first letter is an internal code (both I and S were used). The third letter is the month; M=June. The company even opened subsidiary companies in Helsinki, Finland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Lower numbers indicate earlier years. Fast & Free shipping on many items! When it comes to dating a Kramer, there is little in the way of good information. 1963 Hagstrom Model III FuturamaSerial Number: 574927Completely Original!When it comes to fine Swedish made guitars Hagstrom it is leader! From 1961 to 1972, the "Oval G-Shield" label is oval, tan colored and says "Guarantee" in large letters. Some will have letters also before the # like RR for Randy Rhoads, or PCS for players choice series, and all archtops will start with JA and then the 4 digits. Your Swede was made in production run # 895, which produced 500 Swede guitars in 1974. May be faded or illegible. $1200 USD obo Buyer will pay shipping, preferred method of payment is a US Postal Money Order or Chashier check. All Jackson's that have the Professional logo on the headstock are Japanese made! Early Gibson models can be identified by either a Factory Order Number (FON) or a serial number. It is estimated that Hagstrom produced 130,000 guitars in the period 1958-1983. Picture upon request. They were by no means the biggest guitar manufacturer of the 20th century, but still very significant. So if there are only four digits following the 8, it is certainly a 1978 (by 1988 production would certainly have hit five-digit numbers). It's basically a little bump of extra wood to help prevent headstocks from snapping off the neck. But this was largely beneficial, the Les Paul-style Swede was, and still is, a very highly regarded guitar, perhaps the pinnacle of vintage Hagstrom guitars. The next two numbers are the date; 4th. • 8Mxxxxxx ............................................1978 • 0000xxxx t/m 0030xxxx ........................1978 • 0031xxxx t/m 0047xxxx ........................1979 • 0048xxxx t/m 0065xxxx ........................1980 • 0066xxxx t/m 0099xxxx ........................1981 • 0100xxxx t/m 0129xxxx ........................1982 • 0130xxxx t/m 0169xxxx ........................1983 • 0170xxxx t/m 0199xxxx ........................1984 • 0200xxxx t/m 0239xxxx ........................1985 • 0240xxxx t/m 0259xxxx ........................1986 • 0260xxxx t/m 0339xxxx ........................1987 • 0340xxxx t/m 0359xxxx ........................1988 • 0360xxxx t/m 0419xxxx ........................1989 • 04249338 t/m 0439xxxx ........................1990 • 0440xxxx t/m 0519xxxx ........................1991 • 0520xxxx t/m 0599xxxx ........................1992 • 0600xxxx t/m 0639xxxx ........................1993 • 0640xxxx t/m 0769xxxx ........................1994 • 0770xxxx >>...................................1995. Study the following table to determine the year.Charvel Model 1 - 4MODEL1 - 4 / NECKPLATE GASKET / NECKPLATE SYMBOL / HEADSTOCK SYMBOL / SERIAL START (APPROXIMATE)1986    No   TM   TM   2220001987   Yes   TM   ®   2500001988   Yes   ®   ®   275100Charvel Model 5 and 6The Charvel Model 5 and 6 have a neck-through design and unlike the Model 1 - 4, their serial number directly reveal the build year. Here is a link the the ongoing discussion thread: https://www.guitarscanada.com/index.php?threads/hagstrom-serial-number.13206/page-4. And to be able to fairly accurately determine when they were made. An example given was the serial US12040364 (don't let the "US" make you think it's a USA model). Starting in 1977 with the "Sunburst" models, Hamer used a different system using five or six digits for "production" instruments. Those instruments have their serial numbers stamped in their perloid covered bodies starting from P-001. The good Swedes were from '71-75 culminating with the Superswede in '75. Hamer (Back to top of page)The Hamerfanclub website is a great resource that includes info on all the models ever produced. Up for grabs we have here for sale an awesome vintage Swedish made Hagstrom 1 body in Blue! Serial numbers can be useful in determining the year of manufacture of a guitar or amp. Find the current Blue Book value and worth of your new and used guitars, both acoustic, electric and amplifier. The four numbers that follow are the unit number; (00)11. Vintage Hagstrom All Hagstrom instruments and amplifiers, made in Alvdalen between 1958 and the beginning of the 80s, have a unique serial number. Look for the brand name decal on the guitar's headstock. When looking up the age of your instrument. "09" is 2009, etc. Use this site for a … TD. The letter is the month; February (see chart). Narrowing the exact year may not be possible without neck pocket stamps.7 Digits Japan Bolt On/Neck Plate93xxxxx-94xxxxx 1994-1995 Date CodedUsed usually on the '94 Concept models96xxxxx, 97xxxxx, 98xxxxx Professional Headstock LogoThis format was date coded, but it wasn't used often. WEM Clubman demo video, 1964 Hagstrom Coronado bass / 1964 Ampeg B15 demo video. So to get right into it: 1963 - 1965 ("L" Series, some late '62 models as well)0L00001 to L20000 1963L20000 to L59000 1964L59000 to L99999 19651965 - 1976 ("F" Series, CBS era, serial above Fender F on neck plate, overlap between years)100000 to 110000 late 1965110000 to 200000 1966200000 to 210000 1967210000 to 250000 1968250000 to 280000 1969280000 to 300000 1970300000 to 340000 1971340000 to 370000 1972370000 to 520000 1973500000 to 580000 1974580000 to 690000 1975690000 to 750000 19761976 - PresentIn 1976 Fender moved the serial location to headstock (front or back). The serial number is # 664054 and the production year is 1966/67. You must remove neck to accurately date those.76 + 5 digits     1976S6 + 5 digits     1976S7 + 5 digits = 1977-1978S8 + 5 digits = 1977-1978S9 + 5 digits = 1978-1981E0 + 5 digits = 1979-1981E1 + 5 digits = 1980-1982E2 + 5 digits = 1982-1983E3 + 5 digits = 1982-1984E4 + 5 digits = 1984-1985, 1987-1988E8 + 5 digits = 1988-1989E9 + 5 digits = 1989-1990N9 + 5 digits =        1990N0 + 5 digits =        1990-1991N1 + 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992N2 + 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993N3 + 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994N4 + 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995N5 + 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996N6 + 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997N7 + 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998N8 + 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999N9 + 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000(Note: "Z" may be replaced by "DZ" for US Deluxe Series)Z0 + 5 or 6 digits     2000 - 2001Z1 + 5 or 6 digits     2001 - 2002Z2 + 5 or 6 digits     2002 - 2003Z3 + 5 or 6 digits     2003 - 2004Z4 + 5 or 6 digits     2004 - 2005Z5 + 5 or 6 digits     2005 - 2006Z6 + 5 or 6 digits     2006 - 2007Z7 + 5 or 6 digits     2007 - 2008Z8 + 5 or 6 digits     2008 - 2009Z9 + 5 or 6 digits     2009 - 2010US10 + 6 digits ..... 2010US11 + 6 digits ..... 2011US12 + 6 digits ..... 2012US13 + 6 digits ..... 2013US14 + 6 digits ..... 2014US15 + 6 digits ..... 2015US16 + 6 digits ..... 2016Made in Japan Serials (usually appears on back of neck near neck joint)JV + 5 digits ..... 1982 - 1984SQ + 5 digits ..... 1983 - 1984E + 6 digits ........ 1984 - 1987A + 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B + 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C + 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F + 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G + 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H + 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I + 6 digits............1989 - 1990J + 6 digits 1989 - 1990K + 6 digits 1990 - 1991L + 6 digits 1991 - 1992M + 6 digits 1992 - 1993N + 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O + 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P + 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q + 6 digits 1993 - 1994S + 6 digits 1994 - 1995T + 6 digits 1994 - 1995U + 6 digits 1995 - 1996N + 5 digits 1995 - 1996V + 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A + 6 digits 1997 - 1998O + 6 digits 1997 - 2000P + 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q + 6 digits 2002 - 2004R + 6 digits 2004 - 2005S + 6 digits 2006 - 2008T + 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 + 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 + 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 + 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 + 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 + 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 + 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 + 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 + 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 + 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 + 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 + 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 + 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 + 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 + 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 + 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 + 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 + 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 + 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 + 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 + 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 + 6 digits 2010MX11 + 6 digits 2011MX12 + 6 digits 2012MX13 + 6 digits 2013MX14 + 6 digits 2014MX15 + 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 + 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 + 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN"+ 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s. So, MC19xxxxx would be a 2019.Charvel BassesThe year of the Model series bass guitars (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) can be determined using the same method as for the guitars described above. Q: Can you tell me the date of my guitar or can I request other manufacturers? Some places you can visit to try to decipher your Yamaha serial are:The Guitar Dater Project website:http://guitardaterproject.org/yamaha.aspxSixStringAcoustic.com:https://sixstringacoustic.com/yamaha-guitar-serial-numbers-what-can-they-tell-youMyCoolGuitars.com:http://mycoolguitars.com/mij/yamaha-guitars/yamaha-guitar-serial-numbers-dating-your-guitar/Yamaha.com (goes to the source, but a bit confusing):Acoustic/classical: http://faq.yamaha.com/us/en/article/musical-instruments/guitars-basses/ac-guitars/796/4094Electrics/archtop/basshttps://www.yamaha.com/yamahaguitars/ElectricandBassGuitarSerialNumberSystems.pdf. The first two digits, 15, are the day of the month, and the final three digits, 044, are the number off the production line for that day.Electrics/BassNow, for electrics, archtops and basses, from 1966-1984 (SG, SX and BB series), you can throw all that out the window. In general, an initial letter indicates the decade, with S = 70s, E = 80s, N = 90s, Z = 2000s. I recently came across, and purchased, a Hagstrom Viking. This is one of the nicer Hagstrom Swede I have. Washburn (Back to top of page)Washburn has used many serial number formats over the years, ranging from 4-12 characters long. HJ500. BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS. The headstock badge is plain, grover tuners, cherry wood, and the rare bound f-holes. White Serial Numbers for King Band Instruments.