11-Digit Serial Numbers January 2000 - October 2009, the serial number expanded from 9 to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation.Other than the first four digits noting the year, it's decoded the same as the 9-digit serial numbers.In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.First generation 03 Series serial numbers may also be ink stamped on a white label.If your serial number has 2 lines of numbers please enter only the bottom row to the lookup form below. In the event you are presented with multiple dates your serial number may be a duplicate. *If you have any issues using the search bar below, let us know here.Like the CE and EG models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model After the year prefix, these models use a code digit of "4", indicating a bolt-on neck bass.
For models older than 1993, please refer to the chart below.After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass.Japanese-built Takamine Pro Series guitars can be reliably dated from the eight-digit serial numbers typically found at the neck block inside the instruments.FON consists a batch number of usually four digits, followed by a one letter (sometimes prefixed by a space) followed by one or two digits (ranking).1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.