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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.

There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only.

F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen.

The first digit will be the last digit of the year, ie. The last 5 numbers will be the consecutive number denoting production count for the year with the caveat that each month will start at predetermined intervals of 3000 or 5000, etc.

In cases where generic non model specific plates are used the 4 digit number is just the consecutive number of that plate which could have made it on possibly 10 different models.

- JEM plates are 6 digit and the first 2 digits is the production year while the last 4 is the consecutive number JEM built from inception. Except for the very first batch of 90' UV plates that began 00, UV plates are also dated by the first 2 numbers. A Universe plate 912787 would denote a production year of 91 and the 2787th Universe built.

On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all.

Because allot of it can be confusing I'll spell out as many model/serial types as I can remember tonight in a fully inconcise and dribble filled rant.

- Guitars built in Japan between these years will have a serial number beginning with F followed by 6 numbers.It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number.The letter stands for the month, A for January etc., the first 2 digits will be the year, 76 is 1976, 96 is 1996, the last 4 digits will be the consecutive production number for that months production, 1356 would be the 1356th guitar produced that month.In a case where a guitar has both the true serial number will always be the headstock number.Plate numbers usually follow the pattern of the first 2 digits denoting year of production followed by a 4 digit number that denotes consecutive production for that model for that year, or consecutive production number for that particular model from the models inception.

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