Ovation serial number dating
3042779.----------------------------------------------FYYMMRRRRF/FF = factory ID Y/YY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufacture RRRR = ranking number Example: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345Note: There may be no factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models.
A single digit month of manufacture may occur for some 1997 and earlier models.
Adamas models, which were first manufactured in 1977, have a different numbering system.
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Less than 100 made before February 1967 move to New Hartford factory. Model numbers introduced: Semi-hollowbody Electric Storm series introduced Model #6 Contemporary Folk Classic appears in the catalog, but is only produced as a prototype (probably during development of Glen Campbell model), with red, green or blue bowl color option K-1124 Country Artist introduced.
The very early have no rosette, some have extra diamond fret markers at twelfth fret. No fret markers, twelve frets clear of body, flat fingerboard. Twelve frets clear of body, wider neck, steel strings, dot markers with diamonds at twelfth fret. Similar to the Josh White but with shallow bowl, fourteen-fret neck, flat fingerboard, and nylon strings, replaces Josh White as the #4 model.
Serial numbers for Ovation guitars typically appear on paper labels inside the body of the guitar visible through each instrument's sound hole. They also often contain the model of the guitar and the location of its manufacture.
If you see a seven digit serial number on the back of a Dean guitar, you can be sure that it was produced in United States.
Dean's more affordable line made outside the US will indicate the country of manufacture, but production year requires looking at features and hardware and some knowledge of the line.
Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufature FF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking number Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333Note: Models from 2008 and onwards omit the factory ID letter prefix.
Pre-1994 productions also frequently omit the factory letter codes and appeared as all digits, e.g.
Acoustic electric models introduced: New top finishes introduced: Red, White, or Blue Patriot Bicentennial introduced.