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Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. 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.- 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.Prior to 11/2011 there are 5 digits followed by a letter.The letter denotes year, starting in 2010 with A, with a 5 digit production number. Alphabet Production Month (A = January to L = December), Next two numbers are Production Year (09-2009. 5 is UV77REMC [2 is FRM1, etc], Next Two numbers is monthly series number.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.
- Guitars built in Japan between these years will have a serial number beginning with F followed by 6 numbers.
Where things go astray is when the Jem line went to AANJ in 93'.
This is where you start seeing consecutive numbered plates on the remaining regular joint models that no longer indicate year.
- Under the old numbering scheme 1997 would show duplicate numbers to 1987 so the serial number was changed to the F and 7 digits, now the first 2 denoting year of production. 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 3000 or 5000, etc. With production year beginning in November - 00000 - Shown as F for Fujigen in the examples above, other factories used that mainly produced the budget models were C for Cort [Korea], S for Samick [Korea], W for World [Korea], and guitars are also built in I Indonesia, China, and who knows where else.
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.