Year 1 is 1926, therefore year 41 is 1966. The second letter indicates the month. The last four numbers are the unit number; 21. The last letter is an internal code. Digit 5 The 5 th digit represents the day of the week that the guitar was built, starting from Monday. For example: J7012 This would be a guitar built in March of 1987 and it was the 12 th Unit made that day in the Japan custom shop.Next
The second and third digits represent the month. I have a couple of books with extensive articles on Yamaha and even the Japanese authors have difficulty getting data or finding people who are still around that were involved with those 50s and 60s models. Hi Alvaro Thanks for your message. This is my speculation after reading about their guitars. I think your best bet is to contact Godin to get the year of that one. It has a tan label with the same Nippon Gakki - made in Japan info as yours. Also, as far as the serial number inside the sound hole, the number is only 5 digits.
I cleaned it up, and amazingly it looks like it has hardly ever been played, darn near perfect shape, action is low, even the pickguard looks nearly new. Production Custom Shop, Japan In the 1966-1985 period, successive serial numbers from 001 to 1042 were used. This a bit complicated but usually people only want to know the year that their guitar was built — so you can work that out a bit easier. The last 4 numbers are the unit number. I have the same guitar, same lable. Believe it or not, this list does not cover all possible serial numbers. For example: 800629 The 29th guitar that was built in June 1980.Next
Great sounding instruments, great value. It's based on a very simple formula -- the first digit of the serial number signifies the last digit of the year it was manufactured 9 can be 1999, 1989, 1979, depending on the model number. The first two numbers represent the year. The letter 2nd position is an internal code. The final letter is an unknown internal code. I also take it that this is a discontinued model.Next
The first number is the year; 1996. So week 1 is the first week of August. The 3 digits represent the number of the unit. The fifth and sixth numbers are the day; 18th. Final Thoughts This is definitely the most complicated serial number system I have come across so far I have previous to this written serial number posts explaining and serial number systems.Next
But as I said earlier, it is perhaps the fact that serial numbers are mainly for internal company purposes and for identifying stolen property. With the Dynamics the labels went through many changes and finding a ballpark year depends on the label. Yamaha offers a convenient serial number wizard on its website to determine the age of instruments. Therefore year 60 would be 1971. The four numbers that follow are the unit number; 00 11. Thanks Where exactly in the soundhole did you get the serial number? This article will be updated as I find further information.Next
The first number is the year; 1992. I think your best bet would be to message Yamaha with your serial number and ask them. What you can Find out from your serial number? The closer to 001 it is the closer to 1966 and the closer to 1042, the closer to 1985. For example: 860123 This stands for the 123st guitar built in 1986. I've read about red labels, tan labels, and how production was shifted to Taiwan in 1972 and red labels were changed to tan.
But certainly over 100 guitars per day very likely in 1999. The first number represents the year. The 3 rd letter represents the month following the same coding system. The first 2 numbers represent the year instead of just 1 previously. But the date codes are needed as reference points. The serial number on one of these instruments is the best way to determine when it was created.Next
The Q stands for a 0 and the N is a 7, which means 07 for 2007. I have been round the inside of it with an endoscope and nothing. The last 3 digits represent the number of the unit serial number. The third letter represents the month according to the coding system. The last three digits are the number of the unit serial number Because there is only one digit for the year, there are duplicates with this system because it repeats itself every decade. The second letter is the month; June.Next
I do know this guitar was barely played before I got it, so whenever it was made it spent a lot of time in a case. And I have yet to have a clue how Yamaha dates its L series guitars. Nine numbers, like so: 803180011. If anyone knows please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section at the end of this post. The third letter represents the month and the 3 digits are the number of the unit. Hope this answers your question Great page and thanks for collecting so much information! Look at the first letter of the serial number, which indicates which year the instrument was made. I know as soon as I get a pick-up put onto it, that would take it away from being an original, however do you have any recommendations for a pick-up.