Dating a japanese fender strat
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During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000.
MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied.
These instruments are the only ones that correspond to the standard post-1977 Gibson serialization.
Like Gibson numbers, there are 8 digits in the completenumber, and follows the code of YDDDYNNN. DDD indicates the day of the year (so DDD can't be above 365), and the NNN indicates the instrument's production ranking for that day (NNN = 021 = 21st guitar built).
A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped onthe heel area.
In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization methodthat is in practice today.
In fact, the new Fender USA management guys "almost cried" when they traveled to Japan and saw the quality.This updated system utilizes an impressed eightdigit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.These guitars were made either in Korea, Indonesia,or Japan. 410, 610), Thousand Series, XL Series, ZX Series, Aerostar Series, Showster Series, and Ferrington Series.
Furthermore, the Gorky Park special editionmodel is also an overseas made guitar.
The Nashville facility begins eachday at number 501, and the Montana workshop begins at number 101.