DATING GUITARS BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS

The year of manufacture of a guitar or an amp can sometimes be determined through its serial number. However, incomplete registration records and illogical serial numbers may result in an unclear history of the instrument. With help of the serial number decoder, tables and instructions well-known brands can assist in determining the year and location of manufacture.

DECODERS

To determine the manufacturing year of Fender guitar or amplifier, you need to refer to the serial number format specific to that brand. The coding methods of each brand have undergone frequent changes, leading to some brands having overlapping serial numbers with different coding methods. Additionally, certain brands reuse the same serial number every ten years. To accurately date a guitar, it’s crucial to consider its external features and match them with the correct decade. For assistance with this, experts and enthusiasts can be found in various guitar forums.

In the absence of serial numbers or if they are illegible, the electronic components of an electric guitar can provide clues about its production date. For instance, the production code of the potentiometers can provide information about the year the guitar was made.

Manufacturers may alter their serial number format, particularly in Asian countries where many Western companies have outsourced production. Decoders are updated when new serial number formats from recognized manufacturers are known.

Fake or real

If a serial number is not listed or recognized in the decoder, it does not necessarily mean the guitar is fake. However, the authenticity of a guitar can never be fully guaranteed as serial numbers are easily replicated. Even if a certificate of authenticity is provided by brands such as Gibson, Fender, or PRS, it could still be subject to fraud.

When considering the purchase of a guitar, pay attention to the price. Authentic and vintage guitars typically hold or increase in value depending on their condition. Suspiciously low prices should raise red flags.

While authorized dealers are unlikely to sell fakes, caution should be exercised when buying privately or online.

Additionally, carefully inspect the appearance of the guitar, including the headstock shape, font, and placement of the serial number. Fret inlays and other features may also differ from the original model on a fake guitar.

MIRC USED guitars
It is often said that guitars where have “USED” printed on them and got a gold-colored or white sticker are fake.
This is definitely not the case! These guitars are refurbished by the company MIRC and sold to dealers at a discounted price.

FAQ

How can I find out when my guitar was made?

The year of manufacture of a guitar or an amp can sometimes be determined through its serial number. With help of the serial number decoder, tables and instructions well-known brands can assist in determining the year and location of manufacture.

How do I know where my guitar was made?

The country of manufacture of a guitar can sometimes be identified by the serial number. Using a serial number decoder, charts and manuals of famous brands, you can determine where and when the guitar was made.

How to identify a guitar without serial numbers?

In the absence of serial numbers or if they are illegible, the electronic components of an electric guitar can provide clues about its production date. For instance, the production code of the potentiometers can provide information about the year the guitar was made.

How do I know where my Fender Amp was made?

To determine the manufacturing year of a Fender amplifier, you need to refer to the serial number format specific to that brand.

How do I know if my guitar is original?

While authorized dealers are unlikely to sell fake guitars, it’s important to be cautious when buying privately or online. When considering the purchase of a guitar, pay attention to the price. Authentic and vintage guitars typically hold or increase in value depending on their condition. Suspiciously low prices should raise red flags.

My guitar doesn’t have a serial number. Have I bought a fake?

If a serial number is not listed, it does not necessarily mean the guitar is fake. However, a serial number is easy to copy, and certificates of authenticity can also be used for fraud.

Guitar is stamped as “used”. Why? Is it fake?

It is often said that guitars where have “USED” printed on them and got a gold-colored or white sticker are fake. This is definitely not the case! These guitars are refurbished by the company MIRC and sold to dealers at a discounted price.