Yamaha guitar dating

For example, serial number 46090002 indicates a guitar built in 2008 (1962 plus 46 years), in September of that year (09), and that it was the second guitar made that month (0002).

But the complexity of decoding the number isn’t the most frustrating part of this particular serial number system – it’s the fact that the serial numbers actually repeat every decade – so you actually have to know what decade your guitar was built in to begin with.

Anyway, let’s start with how the main system works – if you don’t have a serial number that looks one of the ones in the next section, then carry on to the following sections for the less common serial numbers. The first letter represents the year that the guitar was built.

To work out the year you’ll have to take a rough guess. For example: PL225 This guitar was the 25 (033) guitar built in April (K) in 2003 (Q = 0, J = 3) This is an eight number system. For example: 30914023 This example serial number was the 23 of August in 1993.

The closer to 001 it is the closer to 1966 and the closer to 1042, the closer to 1985. This is the same as for 1990 to 1996 except there are 9 numbers.

Here’s the system that Yamaha uses for their acoustic guitar serial numbers and what those numbers can tell you about your guitar.

If you don’t already have your serial number, you’ll need to locate it and in some cases you’ll need to find out where your guitar was made as well – this information will usually be found next the serial number and will say “made in..” and then the country that the guitar was built in (either Japan, Taiwan or Indonesia).

If yours doesn’t you’ll need to keep reading to decipher it.

If your serial number looks nothing like this 2 letter, 5 number format, check out the other systems used below, your guitar might fit with one of these.

Similarly, serial number 09050112 indicates the 112th guitar made during May 2009.

In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.

The most common Yamaha serial numbers follow a system that uses 2 letters, followed by 5 numbers. The letters H to Q each represent the number that the year the guitar was built in .

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