In cases where generic non model specific plates are used the 4 digit number is just the consecutive number of that plate which could have made it on possibly 10 different models.
- 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.
9=October, .=November, X=December) 4th and 5th character is the day of production (01 to 31) Although guitars already had serials from 1975, between 19 they used a 6 character serial on pickups: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (7=1977, 0=1980, 1=1981, etc.) 3rd and 4th character indicates the month of production (01=January, ...
There are many variables of numbering through these years and between different models and are broken down into 3 categories, stickers, plates, and the impressed numbers that follow the old school style detailed above.
- Guitars built in Japan between these years will have a serial number beginning with F followed by 6 numbers.
An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.
There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only.
Prior to 11/2011 there are 5 digits followed by a letter.
The letter denotes year, starting in 2010 with A, with a 5 digit production number. Alphabet Production Month (A = January to L = December), Next two numbers are Production Year (09-2009. 5 is UV77REMC [2 is FRM1, etc], Next Two numbers is monthly series number.Where things go astray is when the Jem line went to AANJ in 93'.This is where you start seeing consecutive numbered plates on the remaining regular joint models that no longer indicate year.160225 was a very odd plate number I came across on a Jem.Most that I'm aware of are what I call 250k plates [25****] and current 2003' FP15th's have 260K plates [26****] meaning there have been over 10,000 Jem's made since they deviated from the serial plate numbering.;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.