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Bogdan Radovic
post Oct 27 2014, 02:03 PM
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Hey everyone!

I thought it might be cool to have a thread which features links and info on how to track and date guitar serial numbers for different brands. I think it can be fun to know a little bit more about our instruments and try to dig up some history if possible.

As I have never did this myself before, please help me compose a useful resource for everyone to use as a reference when they need to get more details on their guitars based on the serial number.

Disclaimer: listed resources represent what I've found online. The accuracy of data found there is not guaranteed, except for Fender which I've had chance testing with one of my basses.

Let's add info for other brands, please do so by posting in this thread :
[Brand] - [Link to information about serial numbers]


Also, it would be cool to hear what you've found about your guitars by tracking the serial number and which of the listed methods for tracking serials are valid.

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FENDER

U.S. made Fender serial number dating charts

Mexican Made Fender serial number dating charts

GIBSON

Vintage Gibson serial numbers guide

Modern Gibson serial numbers guide (1975-Present)

YAMAHA

Yamaha guitar and bass serial number dater

EPIPHONE

Epiphone serial numbers dating guide

GRETSCH

Gretsch serial numbers dating information

ESP

ESP serial numbers chart

IBANEZ

Ibanez serial numbers dating
Ibanez serial numbers - how to read

CHARVEL

Identifying Charvel models from Japan

G&L

G&L Guitars and Basses serial numbers
G&L models chart

PARKER

Parker serial number dating

OTHER

General serial numbers quick reference overview for many different brands

Dating instruments using pots and other parts
Speaker codes and dating
Pot code dater/finder


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post Oct 27 2014, 02:10 PM
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I use this page for old Chavels from japan

http://www.charvelusa.com/models.html


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post Oct 27 2014, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE (Mith @ Oct 27 2014, 03:10 PM) *
I use this page for old Chavels from japan

http://www.charvelusa.com/models.html


Awesome - thanks, info added to the opening post.


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post Oct 27 2014, 04:19 PM
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G&L Guitars and Basses:- http://blog.gearsecure.net/2013/09/18/gl-serial-numbers/


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post Oct 27 2014, 04:37 PM
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Great resource thread Bogdan!

This is a general 'quick reference' overview for most major brands. It's a PDF ...
http://monsterpawn.com/ebay/guitar_serials...LL%20BRANDS.pdf

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post Oct 27 2014, 05:07 PM
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Thanks Ken and Sensible Jones - resources added! smile.gif

Keep them coming.


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post Oct 27 2014, 05:57 PM
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These are good for dating amp potentiometers and speakers.
http://www.vintagerocker.com/potinfo.html
http://home.provide.net/~cfh/pots.html
http://www.webervst.com/codes.html

'Pot codes' help identify and date Gibson guitars and some Fender amps where the serial numbers can fail you.

*Gibson records were destroyed and/or lost during one period, hence there are some doubled ser #'s.
Fender used parts bought as early as 1964 in huge bulk and used them through the mid and late 60s.

And if anyone is interested in an encyclopedia of guitar features by date and model, George Gruhn's book is an absolute necessity. It's not available on line unless you pay for it.
http://books.google.com/books/about/Gruhn_...id=sgeZ_cISRpAC

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post Oct 27 2014, 09:28 PM
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Parker Guitars:

http://www.parkerguitars.com/about/faqs.html#faq7
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post Oct 27 2014, 09:48 PM
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Parker guitars info added (by Hexabuzz) as well as info about dating pots and speakers provided by Ken.

@Ken - the first vintagerocker link didn't work.


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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Oct 27 2014, 01:48 PM) *
@Ken - the first vintagerocker link didn't work.


It works on this side of the Atlantic. I wonder if it just doesn't work in Europe - ?

Here's another for pots and spkrs ... http://home.provide.net/~cfh/pots.html
This is pot code dater/finder ... http://www.guitardaterproject.org/potcodereader.aspx

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post Oct 27 2014, 10:59 PM
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Here is another good resource for G&L, especially for small runs and custom models:

http://guitarsbyleo.com/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=42
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post Oct 28 2014, 02:40 PM
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Thanks guys - opening post updated smile.gif


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