Dating your yamaha guitar
If your serial number looks nothing like this 2 letter, 5 number format, check out the other systems used below, your guitar might fit with one of these.For these ones you will also need to know where your guitar was built – which you should be able to be found next to the serial number of your guitar and will say “made in..” and then the country it was built in (either Japan, Taiwan or Indonesia).
Here’s the system that Yamaha uses for their acoustic guitar serial numbers and what those numbers can tell you about your guitar.
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.
The serial number will generally be eight digits long. The Takamine company was only founded in 1962, so any low numbers will be relating to the 21st century as opposed to the 20th. These represent the month in which your guitar was made.
The serial number can be used to date the guitar on all Takamine guitars other than the G series, which do not have a simple rule that can be used to date them. You can run the serial number through the Takamine dating engine on Guitar Dating (see “Resources”), but it isn’t necessary because the date is easy to extrapolate from the serial number. “01” in these spots would be indicative of a guitar made in January, and “12” would mean the guitar was made in December. This is literally the day out of the month that your guitar was made on.