So, some models during a span of a few years during the slow change over, will have both Emperor codes, and the new coding, which is that the first two numbers are the last two of the year made. There can still be confusion, unless you know your models…
since 09 was also used in 1997 as the 9th year of reign of Emperor Heisa.” Alvarez – Yairi catalogs 2009 Alvarez catalog 2013-2014 Alvarez guitars catalog Alvarez Catalog 2015 Alvarez Catalog 2016 see Westone 1976 label courtesy of Bobbie.
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It also adds Bass and Treble EQ knobs which help make the effected sound stand out.
The first two numbers correspond to the year of the Emperor of Japan at that time.
(See chart below.) The second two numbers refer to the month of production.
Note for guitars without a serial number Up to 1977 there was just a label inside the guitar with the last two digits of the year in the bottom right hand corner (see example on the right).
If you wish to know more about your guitar, please include a photo and any specific questions you may have through Customer Service. Your guitar's serial number is found inside the sound hole and up sharply towards the neck block (see example on the right).
First generation 03 Series serial numbers may also be ink stamped on a white label.