Dating my yamaha guitar
Introduce Grand Auditorium body style on 20th Anniversary, limited-edition models; in May, begin sanding all fingerboards on the new Fadal sander; publish premiere issue (Summer) of quarterly newsletter, Introduce Limited Edition Grand Auditoriums (GAs); create Pallet Guitar; introduce Taylor acoustic bass; in February, begin using ultraviolet (UV) finish on all Taylor guitars (see “The Finish Line: What UV Means to You” on the Details/Tech-Sheets page).Introduce Presentation Series; Baby Taylor; LKSM-6; Grand Auditoriums added to regular line; SKB cases for 400 Series; in January, begin making “curved” pegheads on all Dreadnoughts; introduce Taylor Ware line of branded clothing and accessories.Hit the jump to see just how old that guitar or bass really is. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted.Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.The change occurred as part of a transition to a new software system that was implemented to improve the company’s inventory management.The new serial numbering convention takes into account Taylor’s two manufacturing locations: its main complex in El Cajon, California and a second factory complex located in nearby Tecate, Mexico.
Effective November 2, 2009, Taylor officially revised its serial numbering system.
I once heard a very wise man say: “Talking about labels sounds like a Johnnie Walker ad”.
But as far as we’re talking Yamaha vintage FG’s there is a lot of information just by looking at the label (the following contains some pics from internet).
Before the most famous red label Nippon Gakki label was introduced Yamaha used for a very short period a “green” label.
Until now I’ve only seen such a green label on some FG150’s, FG300’s and some FG180’s.
Our numbering system was a little less sophisticated in the early days, and we didn’t adhere to an actual production “schedule” until 1987.