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Because allot of it can be confusing I'll spell out as many model/serial types as I can remember tonight in a fully inconcise and dribble filled rant.;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.
- Cort serial numbers are denoted with a C prefix followed by either 7 or 8 digits.
- JEM plates are 6 digit and the first 2 digits is the production year while the last 4 is the consecutive number JEM built from inception. Except for the very first batch of 90' UV plates that began 00, UV plates are also dated by the first 2 numbers. A Universe plate 912787 would denote a production year of 91 and the 2787th Universe built.
Where things go astray is when the Jem line went to AANJ in 93'.
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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.