The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported.The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. But usually the number on the guitar's neck block is the one that's needed. 1) On these guitars, the exact date is unknown as the serial numbers were allocated sequentially amongst all models being made in a production day, The next guitar off of the line regardless of model number got the next serial number. T's should be a vertical line with a slash across the top. There's also a number up on the block near the strings. These Serials Will Have No Letters and Start With Either 0 or 1.Trying hard to decided if this is a funky T or I in my guitar's serial number. ;) That way I'd have a valid serial number to look up. I believe that is the katakana character イ, which is pronounced like the i in machine. The full designation is 伊号第四五潜水艦 ( or 伊45 for short. Yes, it is a T, and the "slash" across the bottom is a serif, consistent with the little downward bits on the crossbar at the top, which are also serifs. I was being stubborn and trying to cram a square peg into a round hole. Most of the 1970's Yamaha acoustics were built in Japan but not all.
This means that the serial number is not tied to the manufacturing date. Looks like "0330145", although the focus is off on the photo.
Any ideas as to where and when mine was made, and whether it's considered to be one of the "better" models (assuming you're someone who's interested in a guitar not made in the US, of course)?
Hi, I'm trying to find out what the build date is for a Yamaha FG-140 I recently bought, # T0085566. Thanks, Steven Please describe the headstock on your FG140. I called Yamaha, and the voice at the other end told me it was a grey-market guitar, never sold in the US, thus they would not have that info. : thanks, : vince Please describe the headstock on your FG140. I called Yamaha, and the voice at the other end told me it was a grey-market guitar, never sold in the US, thus they would not have that info. : thanks, : vince Hi Vince I think you may have the wrong number.
Plugging in that number with a T comes back invalid here. HINT:: These were made in the 1967 thru 1976 timeframe.
Some really excellent copies of Gibson and Martin guitars were made in Japan in the 70's. ;) Dating Yamaha Acoustic guitars With 7 digit numerical serial numbers, .