Martin guitar dating system

In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.

See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.

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They are based in Japan, but also have a US subsidiary, Hoshino USA, headquartered in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.The first two digits represent the number of years from 1962 (1962 51 = 2013). The last four is the sequential number from all guitars made that month.I have been playing, collecting, repairing and analyzing vintage Ibanez (and other MIJ guitars) for over 30 years, and I am often asked this question.Similarly, serial number 49110033 indicates the 33rd guitar made during November 2011.This applies for overseas models from 2013 For Example; Serial Number:#51010999.

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