1973: Ibanez´s Artist series acoustics and electrics are debuted.
This sets the stage for the LP variant double cutaway Artist model in 1978.
1975: Ibanez began to use a meaningful numbering system as part of their warranty program.
Blue Book of Guitar Amplifier Values Online Subscription The Blue Book of Guitar Amplifiers is available through our website as an online subscription!
The online subscription contains the entire database of the current Blue Book of Guitar Amplifiers.
Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.
If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could have been assembled a bit earlier or later than 1987. The serial numbers are a bit hard to date because there was no uniform way they were assigned a number at Bernie's original shop.
The USA bolt on guitars never followed the same serial number sequence as the neck thru models, which were numbered using the (YYXXX) format with the first two digits being the year, and the last three digits being the production number.
Also, keep in mind on the 2 3 (five digit) serial numbers, they got out of sequence in the early to mid 80's.
the next four numbers are the production number that month (they only produced 9999 pieces each month)..(example) ..
the next five numbers are the production number of the piece for the year ..(example) ..
In general, the letter stands for the month (January = A, February = B, etc.) and the following two digits are the year.