Welcome to the Tokai Guitar Registry

I often get asked, how old is my Fender guitar? Most of the time this question can’t be answered specifically. The Fender numbers tell the story of the company over the years. Unfortunately, the serial number placement is sporadic and many ID numbers over lap between years and models. In many instances, there is no exact known date for a specific guitar. That is why I decided to write this article. I want to help you understand how to tell the age of your Fender as well as any Fender you see. Fender like Gibson has been producing guitars for many years. Certain styles and colors have come and gone over the years, but there is no real obvious way to tell how old a Fender is other than the indentification number. Unfortunately, Fender decided not to simply write the date of manufacture on the guitar.

National guitars & Dobro guitars, they resonate;-)

Our goal is to have the most comprehensive, up-to-date database listing possible but to achieve that we need your help! So please add your Tokai in the Registry because more information about these guitars is a benefit to us all. Not only can it help us determine when a specific guitar was manufactured, it can help us clarify which are Tokai Fender copies and those that fall under the Made in Korea serial number schemes.

Additionally, if something ever were to happen to your guitar stolen, damaged then the Registry would be helpful in providing key information for insurance purposes.

Introduction. Sometimes there just isn’t enough information on electric instruments and amps to allow them to be properely dated. And many people ask me to try and determine the year of their old amplifier, or to help them with the year of their older off-brand electric guitar.

In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles — and of course others — stopped all that. Suddenly, electric guitars were 1 on every kids Christmas list. Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars. EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10, electric guitars to USA per year. Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Rickenbacker… these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.

Hence, the foreign guitar manufacturers gave us what we wanted. Tip of the iceberg!

List of Gibson players

The ES was introduced in Gibson hired Ted McCarty in , who became President in He led an expansion of the guitar line with new guitars such as the “Les Paul” guitar introduced in and designed by Les Paul , a popular musician in the s and also a pioneer in music technology. Later, a shorter neck was added. Similar in size to the hollow-body Thinlines, the ES family had a solid center, giving the string tone a longer sustain.

classic history and MODEL info history, model info and specs for the classic vintage guitar makes. FEATURE ARTICLES includes articles on vintage Fender and Gibson custom colors, date-source code info, and other vintage guitar subjects.

All numbers were impressed into the wood and a six digit number assigned, though no particular order was given and some instruments had a letter prefix. The orange labels inside hollow bodied instruments was discontinued in and were replaced by white and orange rectangle labels on the acoustics, and small black, purple and white rectangle labels were placed on electric models.

A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped on the heel area. In , Gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today. This updated system utilizes an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions. The pattern is as follows: The numbers show Kalamazoo production, show Nashville production.

The Kalamazoo numbers were discontinued in Bozeman instruments began using designations and, in , Nashville instruments began using designations. It should also be noted that the Nashville plant has not reached the s since , so these numbers have been reserved for prototypes.


However, when he wants a specific sound for some parts, he sometimes plays with other guitars such as Flying V, Explorer, Stratocaster or Telecaster. Les Paul 2. Fender Telecaster 3. Les Paul Sunburst 4. Flying V 5.

A. Johnny A uses a Johnny A Signature model designed to his specifications.; Jan Akkerman has used a Gibson L5, Les Paul Custom and a modified Les Paul Personal. The Custom is the guitar he is generally associated with. Duane Allman (The Allman Brothers Band) used a Les Paul Goldtop with PAF pickups, a cherry sunburst Les Paul, a tobacco sunburst Les Paul and a cherry SG.

This is from the new limited run of Brazilian R9s from Gibson. The guitar has a great top and weight – it only weighs 8. This impressive guitar incorporates modern enhancements like an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, and a hand-wired MTC control assembly paired to our MHS P pickups with hum-canceling capabilities.

This is from the new limited run of Brazilian R9s — and the lefties are even more rare, with only a handful made. The Brazilian R9 Les Pauls have been among the most collectable of modern-era guitars. This guitar has a nice weight at well under 9 lbs: The neck has a comfortable 59 profile: This was used as a reference color guitar over the years, and has never left the Memphis factory since until now.

This was a limited release guitar from The new Gibson ES in a Sunset Burst finish is designed with historic hollow-body features at heart.

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Tweet on Twitter From one perspective, flamenco and heavy metal might seem as far apart as the sun and the moon, but if you think about the hyperbolic emotion involved in both genres, there is a certain spritual connection. Born in East L. Growing up in a guitar-oriented culture, Mr. Rico came from a guitar household.

Coordinates. Gibson Brands, Inc. (formerly Gibson Guitar Corporation) is an American manufacturer of guitars, other musical instruments, and consumer and professional electronics from Kalamazoo, Michigan and now based in Nashville, company was formerly known as Gibson Guitar Corporation and renamed Gibson Brands, Inc. on June 11,

Return to the Main Index. Sometimes there just isn’t enough information on electric instruments and amps to allow them to be properely dated. And many people ask me to try and determine the year of their old amplifier, or to help them with the year of their older off-brand electric guitar. Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can’t help them with these other less popular brands.

As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else? Well I’m not one to leave you out in the informational cold, so here’s something that I use quite often in dating amplifiers and electric guitars. It’s called the “source-date code”, and it can help determine the approximate age of an electric instrument by the date its components were manufactured.

How to Date your Fender Guitar by Serial Number

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gibson melody maker usa made(not for sale) here we have a balst of the past vintage gibson melody maker. guitar is all original,its shows lots of natural aged finish cracks all over the body,this is a true relic,nothing artificial,1 single coil pickup,wrap around bridge,its a shortscale,it plays very nice,and sound really great.

The source-date code on a pot is a 6 or 7 digit code impressed into the casing of the potentiometer. For speakers this code can be 5, 6, 7 or 8 digits long, and it’s ink-stamped or paint-stamped on the “bell housing” of the speaker. In either case, the code works the same. The first 3 digits on a pot, or the first 2, 3 or 4 digits on a speaker are the source or manufacturer code.

The remaining 3 or 4 digits are the date code. In 3 digit dates code, the 1st digit is the last digit of the year. On 4 digits date codes, the 1st and 2nd digits are the last two digits of the year.

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Well known users “With a balanced low-impedance output, you could use long cables without all the problems inherent in unbalanced high-impedance lines. Gibson was keen on having the low-impedance transformer close to the amp, so we made a special cable with a transformer on the other end, which you had to have in order to use it. But if you forgot your cable, you were out of luck—so we added the switch to go from low to high impedance.

GIBSON SERIALIZATION Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky at best and downright impossible in some cases. The best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order.

This resulted in the so-called lawsuit period. During this period, Ibanez produced guitars under the Mann name to avoid authorities in the United States and Canada. The company has produced its own guitar designs ever since. The late s and early s were an important period for the Ibanez brand. Most Ibanez guitars were made by the FujiGen guitar factory in Japan up until the mid- to late s, and from then on Ibanez guitars have also been made in other Asian countries such as Korea, China, and Indonesia.

Cimar and Starfield were guitar and bass brands owned by Hoshino Gakki. In the s, Hoshino Gakki and Kanda Shokai shared some guitar designs, and so some Ibanez and Greco guitars have the same features. The Greco versions were sold in Japan and the Ibanez versions were sold outside Japan. From , Ibanez guitars have also been sold in Japan as well. In September , Elger was renamed “Hoshino U. Hoshino settled out of court in early and the case was officially closed on February 2, Hoshino was producing their original Artist models from , introducing a set-neck model in In , they upgraded and extended their Artist range and introduced a number of other top-quality original designs made to match or surpass famous American brands: