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17/11/2015 The Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster (Maple Fingerboard, Black) and Fender Champion 100 (Snow White Limited Edition) are two new, stunning Fender FSR models. 05/06/2015 John Lennon's first Gibson acoustic guitar, a J-160e, which was stolen after a Christmas concert in 1963 and remained lost for 50 years, will be auctioned later this year. 10-Digit Serial Numbers Our current 10-digit serial numbering format that started in November of 2009 identifies where the guitar was built, the start date, and the assigned number of the guitar on that day's production schedule.Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.The following number determines the model: 5 or EG for the EG models, then the sequential number for that particular model.
Second digit is type of guitar: 1 Acoustic roundbacks (also semi-hollowbody electrics) 2 Solidbody and semi-hollowbody electrics 3 Ultra acoustics 4 Solidbody 5 Acoustic electric cutaway Adamas and II/Elite/Ultra electric 6 Acoustic electric roundbacks 7 Deep 8 Shallow Third digit denotes bowl depth on acoustic and acoustic electrics: 1 Standard bowl, 5 13/16" deep 2 Artist bowl, 5 1/8" deep 3 Elite/Matrix electric deep bowl 4 Matrix shallow bowl 5 Custom Balladeer, Legend, Legend 12, Custom Legend 12, Anniversary 6 Cutaway electric, deep bowl 7 Cutaway electric, shallow bowl 8 Adamas, 61/16" deep Fourth digit denotes model, for first eight acoustic models: 1 Balladeer 2 Deluxe Balladeer 3 Classic 4 Josh White 5 12-String 6 Contemporary Folk Classic 7 Glen Campbell Artist Balladeer 8 Glen Campbell 12-String Color code follows hyphen after model number (but I am not quite sure for all of them): 1 Sunburst 2 Red 4 Natural B Barnwood (gray-to-black sunburst) 5 Black H Honeyburst 6 White 7 LTD Nutmeg/Anniversary Brown/Beige/Tan 8 Blue 9 Brown The dates in this chronology reflect actual appearances of models, determined from price lists and the recollections of sales representatives and dealers. Top of the line, gold-plated metal parts, two humbucker pickups, phase switch on upper bass bout, master volume, separate tone controls, pickup balance/blend control on lower treble bout; Natural, Nutmeg, or Walnut Green finish.
Variations: very early with no rosette; some with 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. K-1160 Tornado without vibrato K-1260 Tornado with vibrato K-1120 Hurricane. K-1140 Typhoon I Bass K-1240 Typhoon II Bass (catalogued as Williwaw [means Mountain Wind], but never sold under that name).
Model numbers introduced: Model #1 Balladeer Model #2 Deluxe Balladeer Model #3 Classic Model #4 Josh White Shaded brown sunburst top introduced Larger floral leaf rosette appears Semi-hollowbody Electric Storm series introduced (see separate listing) 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 Four-digit model numbers with K prefix introduced: K-1111 Balladeer K-1112 Custom Balladeer K-1113 Classic K-1114 Josh White K-1115 12-String K-1116 Contemporary Folk Classic (prototypes only) K-1117 Deluxe Balladeer K-1118 Glen Campbell 12-String K-1121 Artist Balladeer K-1123 Artist Classic K-1127 Glen Campbell Artist Balladeer K prefix deleted from model names 1114 Folklore introduced (reintroduction of Josh White model) 1115 12-String renamed Pacemaker 1117 Deluxe Balladeer renamed Legend 1122 Classic Balladeer introduced 1614 Electric Folklore introduced 1615 Electric Pacemaker introduced 1617 Electric Legend introduced New top finishes introduced: Red, White, or Blue Patriot Bicentennial introduced. Examples through mid 1969 have smaller body than other Electric Storms, with shorter cutaway horns.
Other than the first four digits noting the year, it's decoded the same as the 9-digit serial numbers.
See the explanation for serial number 20070311301 below: 20070311301 First four digits indicate the year - 2007 20070311301 5th & 6th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March) 20070311301 7th & 8th digits indicate the day - 11 (the 11th) 20070311301 9th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 thru Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for Solid Body Series. 20070311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence. Record keeping in the early days was spotty and it's uncertain which guitar is actually the first one, but these two were built within the first few months of Taylor Guitars production.