On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all.Because allot of it can be confusing I'll spell out as many model/serial types as I can remember tonight in a fully inconcise and dribble filled rant.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.
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.
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.
See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.