Yamaha serial numbers are recycled every ten years, 29 formats are supported here based on research available on the yamaha website.There is some overlap between formats and in those cases multiple results will be generated.Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.If you encounter any inaccuracies please email the web master Yamaha serial numbers are recycled every ten years, 29 formats are supported here based on research available on the yamaha website.
Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1966-1985: 001-1042 in sequence Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1986-1990: Letter-####, like so: J7012.
213=unit number; and that last letter is an internal code. (That first letter is an “oh” not a zero.) The first letter is the year; O=1998. The three numbers are the unit number; this started over each month at 500, so unit number 21. Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 1999: Letter-letter-###, like so: PM222. The first two letters are the year; Q=0 and I=2, so 2002.
Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1997-2003: Letter-letter-###, like so: NK333.
The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.
Perhaps the best way to date the Vintage series is to carefully remove the necek and check the bottom of the neck for a production date.
For example * "KC97" = made by Cor-Tek (Cort) in 1997. KC and KV serial number prefixes are usually used on Crafted in Korea Squiers.