Dating fender japan bass
Numbers from this era/format can be found stamped on the rear of headstocks (in the case set-neck or AANJ construction), on neck joint plates or on labels inside hollow-body guitars.Most Ibanez models with this serial number format were made by Fuji Gen Gakki.Sugi produces only a handful of high-end models for Ibanez.These include a few special Signature models and some J Customs.
The information on this page is culled from several sources both on-line and off-line and represents a distillation of the available information.
Note that there is opportunity for confusion with some of the other schemes listed here with regards to the initial letters F and I, however, this format is the only one which has just six characters.
It is believed that all Japanese-made models with this serial number format are produced by Sugi Musical Instruments Ltd.
of Japan also made some guitars for Ibanez during this period.' It's thought that 'these would be mostly hollow-body guitars, but may also included some solid-body Artist series models.' There is no proof whatsoever for either of these assumptions.
It's most likely that this is a big misunderstanding caused by an over generalization in the database of the "Guitar Dater Project" website, which is not able to assign the right factory to a vintage Ibanez guitar based on its serial number.
Exceptions are the Ibanez Blazer models which were made by Dyna Gakki and the Axstar by Ibanez models AX40, AX45, AX48, AXB50, AXB60, AXB65, AX70, AX75 which were made by Chushin Gakki (the flagship Axstar AXB1000 bass was made by Fuji Gen Gakki).