9=October, .=November, X=December) 4th and 5th character is the day of production (01 to 31) Although guitars already had serials from 1975, between 19 they used a 6 character serial on pickups: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (7=1977, 0=1980, 1=1981, etc.) 3rd and 4th character indicates the month of production (01=January, ...
12=December) 5th and 6th character is the day of production (01 to 31) , This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock.
If you don’t want to blow it, be sure you use the term correctly.
In other words, should you say the GMO is still your favorite muscle car, expect that to be followed by a bone-chilling silence.
If, however, you find you’re dating a Trump supporter? This is one of the more explosive parts of the May-December relationship. An activity so archaic, you might have to give your lover a book about the history of reading. And you may then have to act the whole thing out with an interpretive dance.
;) 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.
Here is the breakdown courtesy of Ibanez Collectors World.
Until 1977 Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (2=1972, 3=1973, etc.) 3rd character indicates the month of production (0=January, 1=February, ...