Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music. I’ve also seen an Orange label Nippon Gakki with serial number 40418 & date code 49.3.7. After recording serial numbers I realized I could probably figure out when the various labels changed, based on the pictures on the pages I saved the links for. Yamaha FG Serial Numbers, Interior Markings, and Labels – 1966 to 1981. Some guitars did not get a serial number or it has faded over the years, so the only way to know about when the guitar was made is by this date code. The latest 30907255 (9/7/1973) & 0380306. This error looks to have been fixed by 21014XXX. I only have 29 serial numbers with this label, ranging from 20830243 to 21107695. The year isn’t the normal year we are used to. An 8 digit serial number (YMMDDUUU) is on the brace under the end of the fretboard, and a sequential 7 digit number beginning with “T” on the neck block. He also has a website (in Japanese) dedicated to the FG-150. But they’re very rare. A site dedicated to identifying and repairing vintage Yamaha FG acoustic guitars. It’s possible this one was made in July 1966. It seems some of these were made during the time of the Tan label Nippon Gakki’s. The latest Green label serial number I have is an FG-180 with 611587 (no date code). I’ve only found (2) FG-75 date codes, many were examined and there were no visible internal markings other than the serial number.. So the 6 & 7 digit serial numbers must not be related to date the guitars were built. Oddly I’ve found 6 guitars that have 8 digit numbers 201XXXXX, but the T number but puts the guitar in the range of 210XXXXX. The earliest serial numbers I have are 40610478 (6/10/1974) & 0539508. The latest is an FG-170 with serial number 41227 & date code 49.12.7. This serial number system continued until 2001. The first 8 digit serial numbers I’ve found are 20510248 (5/10/1972) & T0135230. While the serial number is visible, although not always usable to determine the date of manufacture, there is a Date Code ink stamped on the inside of all early FG’s, except most FG-75’s. The neck is at standard relief, and the action is excellent with no fret buzz. A few curious people I’ve asked have found date codes inside their guitars, but I can’t expect many people to go that far. easy. The earliest serial numbers I have are 21101470 (11/1/1972) & T0225201. They initially only had serial numbers located on the neck block, 7 consecutive numbers (no relation to date), preceded with a “T”. I believe the date codes are in all vintage Yamaha guitars, except for most FG-75/FG-75-1’s. Ship Method:  UPS Ground (Continental US only). And there are still a few assumptions. The earliest serial numbers I have are 30901051 (9/1/1973) & 0387179. Please check the fields highlighted in red. Anyone got a Yamaha FG 410 ??? Search & ask. Not affiliated with the Yamaha Corporation. The earliest I’ve found is T0008406 but I’d assume they started with T0000001. The first models were the FG-150 & FG-180, starting in August 1966, until February 1967. Once I discovered the internal date codes I knew I could compare known 6 & 7 digit serial number/date code sets with other serial numbers and make a good guess as to when other guitars were made. The earliest I have are 70130074 (1/30/1977) & 1003893. Taiwan models made from late-1972 to early-1975 have a rectangular tan label, very similar to the Nippon Gakki label of the same period. These are very rare. I’m assuming these were models made for Japan. I’ve seen a couple of guitars where the date code is partially under the kerfing. This date code was probably stamped when they made the sides, not when the guitar was assembled. Added -1 (in small characters) after the model numbers. Although there seem to be a few FG-360’s with 8 digit serial numbers made for export in 1973, breaking the above rule. The purpose of this article is to solve the mystery of the early Yamaha FG serial numbers, internal markings, and labels. They have 2 sets of serial numbers. Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments. Oops, looks like you forgot something. Joined: Sep 26, 2004 Location: Shreveport, Louisiana. They have Green labels and were made for Japan only. The labels are tan and rectangular, and are marked with the model number and “Nippon Gakki”. In 1966 Yamaha opened the Tenryu factory in Hamamatsu to produce the new FG series. They seemed to continue the 8 digit serial numbers up to mid-1973, then they changed to 5 digit numbers (YMMDD), basically the same as the export 8 digit (YMMDDUUU) numbers except there’s no unit number. Yamaha doesn’t know exactly when the earliest FG’s were made. Yamaha Music Craft Made in Japan Serial Number: PK201 1999, April Starting in this year, each month the unit number started with 200. And to be able to fairly accurately determine when they were made. Quick-release capo. Another option is a USB endoscope that is plugged into your cell phone. Learn More. Set to standard action, with no Here's a demo for my Yamaha FG-410E. To reflect our commitment, we updated our terms and conditions. In this case it’s the SHOWA period, the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which started in 1926. Which I have many times, as I’ve found more changes and differences. The 5 digit serial numbers may have started for special export models, such as the FG-360, and also shared by the domestic models. It seems not many people in the US know about the date codes, although they must be better known in Japan. All models have the headstock logo “YAMAHA”. For over 40 years, millions of musicians have used a Yamaha FG as the perfect tool to express their music. In 1968 the Yamaha FG line came to America, consisting of the FG-75, FG-110, FG-140, FG-150, FG-180, FG-300 and the 12 string FG-230. Late 1973 they were changed the location to “Made in Taiwan / Republic of China” which lasted until late 1974. The date code is located on either side of the lower bout. The earliest Green label serial number I have found is an FG-180 with 499751, no date code. The Date Code is typically next to one of these large numbers. The latest are 70215483 (1/21/1977) & 1025186). Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by sixty4fairlane, Aug 18, 2006. The latest date code is an FG-180 with 47.2.7 (no s/n), built in 1972. In stock and shipping now. And the Orange label continues beyond 1981. The Taiwan made FG’s also have internal date codes, but they are based on the Minguo era, the reign of Kim II-sung, starting at his birth year of 1912, which is year 1. Some FG models were produced by both locations, with the label, serial numbers, and date codes being the only difference. Then they changed the labels to the same size as the Tan Nippon Gakki labels except they say “Made in Taiwan”. The earliest Tan Label 8 digit serial number & date code set I’ve found is an FG200 with 20502098 & 47.4.6. one’s playing style prefers it. The latest is an FG-360 with 30419296 (no date code). The labels are shorter and wider than the Tan labels. Yamaha FG Serial Numbers, Interior Markings, and Labels – 1966 to 1981. Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape. I’ve found them in all that I have (up to 1980) except for 2 rosewood models because the dark wood obscured the date code and my FG-75/FG-75-1’s. The visual quality isn’t as good as the cell phone camera but the length and flexibility allows you to get closer. Mid 1974 the reversed the location to “Republic of China/Made in Taiwan” which lasted until the models changed in 1975. Currently I am up to 1729 serial numbers and 267 date codes. fret buzz (see photo), so the action could be lowered slightly without buzz if Initially the headstock logo was the 3 tuning forks inside of a circle, but at the beginning of November 1973“YAMAHA” was added, assumed for brand recognition. This date code will be very close to when the guitar was built. The earliest serial number/date code set I’ve found is T0015094 & 60.7.1 (1971). The earliest Red Label serial number & date code set I’ve found is an FG-150 with 599XXX & 41.12.2. The Red label is identical to the green label, except for the color and the small piano changed to the familiar 3 tuning fork symbol. They don’t always agree with Yamaha’s Guitar Archive data. I’d assume there are some serial numbers outside this range but probably not more than 2 weeks total. 41.6.18 would be June 18, 1966. By clicking Subscribe, I agree my data may be used for marketing purposes including email communications and third party marketing. And to be able to fairly accurately determine when they were made. While my primary focus has been the Export models, I’ll have to watch for these more closely. Typically 3 to 6 weeks before it’s finished. This article will be updated as I find further information. This guitar was purchased new in 1995. I found a Japanese guy on Youtube who made videos of himself playing many early FG, and he mentioned the serial number and date code most of the time. Year 1 is 1926, therefore year 41 is 1966. All Black label Taiwan models have the headstock logo with the 3 tuning forks inside a circle with “YAMAHA” underneath. this guitar, you may return it within 14 days for a full refund upon arrival in Those are hard to find. This guitar is a solid workhorse acoustic-electric, and I would recommend it for virtually any style of play. Previously, all guitars had been made by other companies. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Aug 18, 2006 #1. sixty4fairlane Tele-Meister. The Yamaha Guitar Archive data says these models ended in 1974 but the last Tan label serial number I’ve found is 50830182 (8/30/1975). I have found a few Red label Nippon Gakki FG’s without a visible serial number. The serial numbers for the FG’s continued with the existing consecutive number system used by the Dynamic series. The labels are nearly identical to the Japan FG’s Red labels except without the words “Nippon Gakki” and the tuning fork symbol moved to next to the model number. FGs have earned their respect due to their quality, dependability, playability and value. In mid-1972 8 digit serial numbers (YMMDDUUU) were added on the brace under the end of the fretboard. We understand the importance of online privacy and are committed to complying with the EU General Data Protection Regulation. If not totally satisfied with The latest are 40829095 (8/29/1974) & 0587267. Everyone has been guessing for years. Therefore year 60 would be 1971. The date code isn’t always visible thru the sound hole. For the first 2 months (very late 8/72 to very early 11/72) the label was shorter than the Nippon Gakki label, with only the model number, no location. I’ve found 45 Green label serial numbers, and 18 of them have date codes. Posts: 293. In mid-1973 they dropped the “T” from the 7 digit serial number, somewhere around 30609XXX & 033XXX. The facts presented are based on personal observations, data collected, and data donated. unchanged condition. The top selling acoustic guitar series of all time. It plays exceptionally well. The serial numbers are 8 digits on the brace under the fretboard (YYMMDDUUU) and a 7 digit number on neck block. When I find vintage FG’s locally on CraigsList I will ask if I can see the guitar and take pictures. The purpose of this article is to solve the mystery of the early Yamaha FG serial numbers, internal markings, and labels. What got me started was a curiosity of what the early (1966-71) Japan built FG 6 & 7 digit serial numbers meant. I had assumed those are detail numbers so they use the right side pieces for that model guitar, but I’ve found some inconsistencies and it’s possible they are inspection marks. By continuing to use Reverb, you agree to these updates, and to our cookie policy. It looks like there was a month or 2 overlap with the Green label. I’ve found Nippon Gakki Red Labels with 8 digit serial numbers ranging from an FG-180 with 10001471 (which makes no sense) & no date code, and the latest an FG-75 with 20829541 (no date code) (mid-1972). Plays very 20 Unit Number Month, April Year, 1999 (P=9) System # A 13 2001- Yamaha Music Craft Made in Japan Serial Number: QIKOOIA 2002, April 00 Internal Code Unit Number Month, April (K=4) Year, 2002 (0=0, 1=2) System # A 14 I also recorded the link of where I found the data, just in case I had to go back. I’ve been collecting data and in most cases can tell when a guitar with a 6 or 7 digit serial number was made (within a month or so). So I started searching and asking for serial numbers and date codes and putting them in a spread sheet. That didn’t work for a few guitars I found. It’s the Japanese year based on the reign of the current Emperor. The earliest 5 digit Tan Label serial number is an FG-580 with 30426. But the next Orange label Nippon Gakki I have recorded is 51006 with no date code. The latest Red Label 7 digit serial number I’ve found is an FG-180 with 20315XX (no date code). They have the familiar red Nippon Gakki label, the larger Yamaha headstock logo, and the Yamaha truss rod cover with the 3 tuning fork symbol. The first FG’s were built in 1966 (Green label): The FG’s were first exported in 1967 (Red label): Nippon Gakki FG’s after mid-1972 (Tan label): The first FG’s made in Taiwan (Red label): The Taiwan FG’s after late 1972 (Tan label): In 1975 the Taiwan FG’s models changed (Black label): New models starting in 1977 (Oval label): Inspecting a New-To-You Vintage Yamaha FG, Yamaha FG Serial Numbers, Interior Markings, and Labels – 1966 to 1981, Red Label FG’s, Differences Between the EARLY & COMMON Versions, Yamaha Early FG 6 & 7 Digit Serial Numbers, History of the Yamaha FG – 1966-1981 (US Models), Yamaha FG 5 Digit Japan Only Serial Numbers, Deconstructing a 1972 Yamaha FG-160 – 21107695, Added “Inspecting a New-To-You Yamaha FG” Article and PDF. But the date codes are needed as reference points. Sometimes both or on the end block. 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