Yamaha Guitar Serial Number Lookup
Yamaha employs a convoluted serial number system that can be complex and illogical. Adding to the challenge, a significant portion of the serial numbers repeat every ten years, creating confusion. Yamaha serial number decoder and the dating system provided below can help you find out the production year and location of your guitar.
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Where to find Yamaha serial number Location?
Yamaha electric guitars typically have their serial numbers stamped or punched on the headstock, while Yamaha acoustic guitars usually have the serial number written somewhere inside the sound cavity.
Dating Yamaha By Pickup
The older models of Yamaha electric guitars have a number on the back of the pickup. This is the production date.
However, this date is based on the Japanese Showa calendar, which spans from 1926 to 1989. 25 years must be added to the year on the pickup to determine the date according to the Gregorian calendar. An addition of 88 years applies for the Heisei period (1989-2019).
What applies to potentiometers also applies to the pickups. These were made before the guitar. For the year of construction of the guitar, approximately half a year must be added.