I hope this list will be a useful one to all at ICW.OK it goes like this..starting with Japanese built guitars: 1997 to Now F=Fujigen factory, 2nd & 3rd digit=year made(eg 04=2004) next 5 digits =month & build number Jan=5000 Feb=10000 Mar=15000 Apr=20000 May=25000 June=30000 July=35000 Aug=40000 Sept=45000 Oct=50000 Nov=55000 Dec=60000 So an example here is for a recent model with a Serial number F0330210 = Fujigen 2003 June 210th guitar built.Captain Ibanez Got an answer from Rich harris at Ibanezrules.com, he says that my JS1 is from 1990 and that the J means Japan, od but since he is the major expert on Satriani's on the planet I'll stick with his judgement and we can ad a new line to the already( confusing and)growing topic of Ibanez serial #'s.
Jim Hi Jim, what do you mean with the H7 part in our post? I respect the quality input...cause remember I may not be as alert as I used to be sometimes... Now you thought that you had to be kind for the thread for Ibanez ..
Does it mean that a guitar with H7 can't have the year determined prcisely? The Untold Story writers..yes thats my old mate JD ! Sorry taxdodgers..I'm out of school for all the wealth of collective knowledge out there,sometimes, give me a break, cause I'm not on the soapbox here, I do what I do for you guys...3 weeks until the Aussie release of the 2005 Ibanez range..I will get our cleaners to get Spiro's dribble off the glass at the office.
As you know, this is the "high rent" Artcore semi-hollow DC.
Please enlighten me, if possible.ooops sorry to say that they use the old school Fujigen building techniques..there is a fault...destroy it and start again.
P Peerless factory in Pusan Korea, Owned and controlled by IIDA Gakki in Japan they made the Nomad series and AE and other acoustics like the Charleston.
I is Idda Gakki they made some AR300 models in the mid 1980's after Fuji stopped making set necks.
If you lived through the 1950s or 1960s see how much of these you remember.
You will recognize some started up in your lifetime.
Or does it work that F4 = '84 and F94 = '94. John, the 84 85 etc models etc where actually still the same system from prior to 1984, I strongly beleive that the newer serial number sytem did not take full effect until 1990 but that between you and me.