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The first letter indicates the last digit of the year of production. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1985-1986: ######. Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1997-2003: Letter-letter-###, like so: NK333. Kaohsiung Factory, Made in Taiwan, 1971-2001: ########. The second and third numbers are the month; 09=September. Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1966-1985: 001-1042 in sequence Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1986-1990: Letter-####, like so: J7012. The letter at the beginning represents the month, so J would be March (see chart above). Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1991-1996: Letter-letter-###-letter, like so: HP213J. 111 is the unit number; and the final letter is an internal code. During 1999, they starting the count each month at 200 rather than 500. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1946-1968: #####.

The number following the letter is the year, in this case . Using the charts, we see that H=1991 and P=September. Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 2004-: Letter-letter-letter-###-letter, like so: QLY111C. Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 1997-1999: Letter-letter-###-letter, like so: ON521J. (See previous entry for Yamaha Music Craft for more on the numbering.) Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 2001-: Letter-letter-letter-###-letter, like so: QIL123A.

213=unit number; and that last letter is an internal code. (That first letter is an “oh” not a zero.) The first letter is the year; O=1998. The three numbers are the unit number; this started over each month at 500, so unit number 21. Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 1999: Letter-letter-###, like so: PM222. The first two letters are the year; Q=0 and I=2, so 2002.

(Their numbering system began with “H” for 1.) The second letter indicates the month.

The first two numbers indicate the day of the month.

The last three numbers represent order of production on the day the guitar was made. ” To you folks, we offer the following: Several other serial number configurations used by Yamaha over the years.

Example: hm02316 = the 316th unit made on June 2 of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, or 2001. If you still can’t figure it out, please see Yamaha contact info at the bottom of this page. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1969-1984: ######.