Dating an ovation guitar by serial number

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Note: US Vintage series starting in 1982 onward begins with a "V". LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.You must remove neck to accurately date those.76 5 digits 1976S6 5 digits 1976S7 5 digits = 1977-1978S8 5 digits = 1977-1978S9 5 digits = 1978-1981E0 5 digits = 1979-1981E1 5 digits = 1980-1982E2 5 digits = 1982-1983E3 5 digits = 1982-1984E4 5 digits = 1984-1985, 1987-1988E8 5 digits = 1988-1989E9 5 digits = 1989-1990N9 5 digits = 1990N0 5 digits = 1990-1991N1 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992N2 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993N3 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994N4 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995N5 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996N6 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997N7 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998N8 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999N9 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000(Note: "Z" may be replaced by "DZ" for US Deluxe Series)Z0 5 or 6 digits 2000 - 2001Z1 5 or 6 digits 2001 - 2002Z2 5 or 6 digits 2002 - 2003Z3 5 or 6 digits 2003 - 2004Z4 5 or 6 digits 2004 - 2005Z5 5 or 6 digits 2005 - 2006Z6 5 or 6 digits 2006 - 2007Z7 5 or 6 digits 2007 - 2008Z8 5 or 6 digits 2008 - 2009Z9 5 or 6 digits 2009 - 2010US10 6 digits ..... Promotional set with Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp NC(XXXXXX) Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)SE(XXXXXX) Signature Series SE8(XXXXX)='88, SE9(XXXXX)='89 SN(XXXXXX) Signature Series SN0(XXXXX)='90, SN1(XXXXX)='91, SN2(XXXXX)='92, etc.SZ(XXXXXX) Signature Series SZ0(XXXXX)='00, SZ1(XXXXX)='01, SZ2(XXXXX)='02, etc.

Year / Last Numbers1947 -- A 13051948 -- A 26651949 -- A 44101950 -- A 65961951 -- A 94201952 -- A 124601953 -- A 174351954 -- A 186651955 -- A 219101956 -- A 247551957 -- A 268201958 -- A 288801959 -- A 322851960 -- A 34645 1952 - 1961 Gibson solid body electrics This period had the serial stamped on the back of the headstock.Below are random tidbits that may help you date yours.1980 - 1992First recorded serial numbers for guitars and bass by year: YEAR / GUITAR / BASS1980 G000530 B0005181981 G003122 B0019171982 G009886 B0085251983 G011654 B0103821984 G013273 B0142661985 G014690 B0161081986 G017325 B0176911987 G020241 B0180631988 G023725 B0196271989 G024983 0201061990 G026344 B0217881991 G027163 B0230131992 G029962 B024288GF and BC prefixes were used for the George Fullerton Signature Model and the Broadcaster, respectively.In 1997, the prefix CL (Clarence Leo) began use, and a couple years later it was changed to CLF.------------------------------ Perhaps the best way to date your G&L is to take the neck off.The first number designates the production year (5 = 1955, etc).1961 - 1975First we present a simplified table that may get you in the ballpark.After that, a much more complex table from that may take you further.

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