Dating a guitar
Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could have been assembled a bit earlier or later than 1987. The serial numbers are a bit hard to date because there was no uniform way they were assigned a number at Bernie's original shop.With production growing rapidly by 1980, the serial numbers had gotten about two to three years ahead. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.For example: 950023 denotes the 23 Duesenberg instrument, manufacture date: 2000 From 2009 onward, the system was redefined.Serial numbers still consisted of six digits with the first two digits designating the year of manufacture.The final four digits, however, now indicated where the instrument fell within a sequence encompassing all models within that year alone.
Serial numbers for the Artist Series – introduced in 2011 – describe exactly where an individual guitar falls within the total number produced in the series. For example: 08 / 52 is the eighth guitar in a total production run of 52.
In other words, a guitar with serial number "84532" could have been made in 1982 or 1983, not 1984 as the number would suggest. Also, at some point in 1999 or 2000 the "Made In The USA" below the script logo disappeared on most of the guitars built. Rich models, both imported and USA handmades implement this same year time date stamp and guitar production number format: Current US-made B. Rich serial numbers follow the same year and guitar production number format.
In the year 2000, they changed to the letters "BO" (Bolt On) and three digits (B0XXX), which was the actual production number, but there was no number stating the year the guitar was built. (example - serial number #24123 was the 123rd guitar made in 2004) View a complete range of electric guitars over at PMT Online.
From 2005 on (until 2008/2009) the very first D-Caster and the D-Bass were not given serial numbers.
Later models were given (as in the case of the 49er model) numbers corresponding to a new system.
According to the latter, the serial number consisted of three letters identifying the instrument model, a hyphen, another letter indicating the year of manufacture (e.g.