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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. 1997 – Present Under the old numbering scheme 1997 would show duplicate numbers to 1987 so the serial number was changed to the F and 7 digits, now the first 2 denoting year of production. The last 5 digits continue as a consecutive production count for the year.
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.
This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.
This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock.Pinning these guitars down to closer than a 2 year window would be tough.This actually makes a lot of sense from a manufacturing stance as they no longer had to order plates that denoted year of production and could just order consecutive numbered plates without care to year.JEM – UV – 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.Where things go astray is when the Jem line went to AANJ in ‘93.
Cort Serial Numbers – Cort serial numbers are denoted with a C prefix followed by either 7 or 8 digits.