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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.;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.
The letter stands for the month, A for January etc., the first 2 digits will be the year, 76 is 1976, 96 is 1996, the last 4 digits will be the consecutive production number for that months production, 1356 would be the 1356th guitar produced that month.
F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen.
The first digit will be the last digit of the year, ie. The last 5 numbers will be the consecutive number denoting production count for the year with the caveat that each month will start at predetermined intervals of 3000 or 5000, etc.
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.