This system was used for the guitars distributed by L. In the late '70s as production grew, the serial numbers begin to get ahead of themselves since only 1000 numbers were available in a series.
Rich neck-through guitars is relatively easy, although slightly imprecise by the 1980's. These consecutive numbers ran up to between 340 and 360. Throughout the '70s, production numbers were low enough that the serial numbers pretty much reflect the year of manufacture.
The TS-808 and its generation have small square metal on/off touch-buttons. There were some TS-808s made in the 1979 period, mostly for other than USA markets, that came in a narrower box.
These have a bottom plate that unscrews to change the battery like an MXR pedal, no plastic battery cover. It uses two 1458 chips which are the 1st version of the low-tech dual op-amp.
1984 to 1996 example serial number F232104 F=Fujigen 2=1992 as an example 3=March production So 1=Jan 12=Dec 2104 guitar built for that month 2104th made 1975 to 1983 Example serial number C800358 C=March So A=Jan M=Dec 80 = 1980 year of build 0358= 358th guitar built for that month.
Sung Eum Factory Example serial number E9052345 E=Sung Eum 9=1999 05= May So 01=Jan 12=Dec 2345= 2345th guitar built for that month Korean Built Ibanez Cort Factory Acoustics and Electrics start with C eg C03071234 C=Factory 03=2003 07=July 1234=1234th guitar built for that month Saehan Factory: acoustics start with SQ, electrics start with S Sae-In Factory starts with A These other factories follow the same serial number pattern as the Cort Korean factory.
The first Tube Screamer was the green TS-808 overdrive pro in the late '70s.
It was preceded by the Orange "Overdrive" and green "Overdrive-II" which came in narrower boxes without the battery cover, and the reddish "Overdrive-II" which had a box very similar to the TS-808.
Rich in 1974, a system of serial number coding began using a 5-digit code (XXYYY) with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the production number.
A few weeks back we had a discussion of Bill Monroe's Ibanez Mandolin.
It seems to me like there is some interest in learning more about these old Ibanez mandolins, separating the myths from the reality, so I got the Ibanez Mandolin domain to start up this project.
Well gang here it is the ultimate list on serial numbers from today to yesterday.
Now I know there are a few yawning out there but think of those who do not know how to read them.