Dating godin guitars
See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. The only way to date these guitars is to find out what years they were available and then comparing all the minute details like scripts, contours, and inlay variances that only the hardcore vintage gurus know.
This benefits the overall tone, projection and resonance of these finely crafted instruments.
12=December) 5th and 6th character is the day of production (01 to 31) , This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock.
It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number.
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.
;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.
Some models will never be found in the catalogs, that's just the way it is.