Dating an ibanez bass
As an example, serial number 68409 would break down as: 6: June 8: 1968 409: Unit number As an example, serial number 109837 would break down as: 10: November 9: 1969 837: Unit number Obviously, with the change of the decade, there is plenty of room for confusion in interpreting the numbers.
After Telésforo Julve bought the company in 1933, Hoshino Gakki decided to make Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name.
Based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Hoshino Gakki were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe, as well as the first brand of guitars to mass-produce the seven-string guitar and eight-string guitar.
Ibanez manufactures effects, accessories, amps, and instruments in Japan, China, Indonesia and in the USA (at a Los Angeles-based custom shop).
This resulted in the so-called Ibanez lawsuit period.
During this lawsuit period Ibanez started producing guitars under the Mann name to avoid authorities in the US and Canada.