The first M=6--BUT that 6 can indicate your guitar was made in 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, or 2016. Communicating with Torgil Hagman recently, (see History page) he offered to try to get some wider information if the right people - such as Mr Kurt Nilsson the former owner of Bjarton was still with us. Later Hagstrom instruments added the prefix '53' to their serial numbers, but the final six digits still have the same information. Charvel Pro ModThese are made in Mexico though they may say San Dimas on the neck plate. Dates are approximations, perhaps +/- one year. My hope is it will save you some time by providing one place you can go for most serial lookups. While these guitars are quite good, Hagstrom was never able to break into the North American distribution channels, and consequently they are not common in Canada and the USA. Elvis with Hagstrom Viking II - June, 1968 During the filming for the 1968 TV Special, "Elvis", a 1968 Red Hagstrom Viking II was borrowed for use by Elvis in several segments of the show including a stand up performance in front of a live crowd. From 1961 to 1972, the "Oval G-Shield" label is oval, tan colored and says "Guarantee" in large letters. The first line of numbers is your model number. I recently came across, and purchased, a Hagstrom Viking. The first two digits, 15, are the day of the month, and the final three digits, 044, are the number off the production line for that day.Electrics/BassNow, for electrics, archtops and basses, from 1966-1984 (SG, SX and BB series), you can throw all that out the window. See more ideas about Ballad, Guitar, Singer. All serials used numbers, except for Johnny Ramone's white Sunburst, which had characters in place of numbers. thanks. Not only responsible for the iconic shape of the Hagstrom headstock, James “Jimmy” D’Aquisto‘s cooperation with Hagstrom is legendary. Also note, some guitars may omit a leading zero. So serial number: 933130, indicates production run 933 and the 130th instrument produced in that run. For example, an "8" can indicate 1988 or 1998. If you have a Professional logo with these numbers, check the '96-'98 catalogues to find your model. Originally an accordion manufacturer, Hagstrom started making guitars and basses in Sweden starting in the late '50s. Buy online or at your local store today! Find your instruments catalog page. Serial number 826238. Look for the brand name decal on the guitar's headstock. But it's really just a compilation of the data you'll find on many separate sites around the Internet. Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. LINKS BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO THE BRANDS COVERED FURTHER DOWN THIS LONG PAGE: Dean (UPDATED!) Serial numbers can be useful in determining the year of manufacture of a guitar or amp. Charvel Imports 1986-1991Year of manufacture, Charvel Model 1 - 4A quick and dirty way of determining the year of manufacture for the bolt-on Model Series 1 - 4, is to look at the combination of trademark symbols used on both the headstock and the neckplate. Serial numbers are located on the jack plate. The letter (2nd position) is an internal code. Also appears on jackplate. With the use of the serial numbers in the book, one can establish the year of production and any other questions about the manufacturing of the guitar. They had just joined with Ampeg at that time. I know it’s old but don’t know how old or what it’s worth. Serial # 856166. Martin Mandolins from before 1991 use a different sequence than guitars (see Martin website). Fast & Free shipping on many items! See this page on the OvationTribute.com website for an extensive Ovation database.Paul Reed Smith (PRS) (Back to top of page)To date a PRS guitar, look at the one- or two-digit prefix, which indicates the final one or two digits of the production year. -- Rickenbacker -- Schecter -- Steinberger -- Taylor -- Washburn -- Yamaha. Warning: Someone sold the leftover, excess numbered neckplates on the black market, so if you find a guitar with a San Dimas neckplate numbered 5492 or higher, it was not made by Charvel/Jackson!To help you identify your Jackson / Charvel, use the following information: If you have a San Dimas California or Ontario California neckplate and, or have a "MADE IN USA" logo on the headstock, you have a USA MADE guitar. The FONs appear below followed by serial numbers.1902 to 1945 FON Overview, NOTE: From 1935 to 1942 the FON may include a one- or two-letter suffix.Gibson Serial NumbersAcoustic and electric archtops 1902-1961Year / Last Serial Number (of that year)1903 -- 11501904 -- 18501905 -- 25501906 -- 33501907 -- 42501908 -- 54501909 -- 69501910 -- 87501911 -- 108501912 -- 133501913 -- 161001914 -- 201501915 -- 251501916 -- 320001917 -- 395001918 -- 479001919 -- 538001920 -- 622001921 -- 693001922 -- 714001923 -- 749001924 -- 803001925 -- 827001926 -- 836001927 -- 854001928 -- 873001929 -- 897501930 -- 902001931 -- 904501932 -- 907001933 -- 914001934 -- 923001935 -- 928001936 -- 941001937 -- 952001938 -- 957501939 -- 960501940 -- 966001941 -- 974001942 -- 977001943 -- 978501944 -- 982501945 -  986501946 -- 993001947 -- 9999991947 - 1961After number 999999 in 1947, Gibson started over with an "A" prefix.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. According to the serial number, your guitar was the 140th guitar built from batch 078. A "5" can indicate 1985, 1995 or 2005. The letter is the month; February (see chart). Below we outline a simple way to narrow down the date range of an acoustic Guild. Basically the first and fifth digits of the serial will indicate the year. BUT not all Korean models say this. The last USA Reverend was serial number 04942 and was produced in May 2006. Feel free to ask me to cover different brands in the comments section or make suggestions if you see inaccuracies. Anything newer than that will be Korean made. In the year 1965, Hagstrom produced between 10 and 11 thousand guitars and basses compared to almost 84 thousand produced by Gibson. Starting in 1977 with the "Sunburst" models, Hamer used a different system using five or six digits for "production" instruments. Serial Nr. 1958-1983 Hagstrom guitar – musical instruments made in in Älvdalen, Dalecarlia, Sweden. In the world of archtop guitarmaking, the legendary luthier James L. D’Aquisto (1935-’95) is considered one of the greats. Second letter tells month. Four letters and a number, like so: LJQH013.The first letter is the year; 1985. It is an electric 8 string. Hagstrom Serial Numbers. • 0048xxxx t/m 0065xxxx ........................1980. Please. $1200 USD obo Buyer will pay shipping, preferred method of payment is a US Postal Money Order or Chashier check. All acoustic serial numbers begin with the letter "A" and are followed by the two digit year prefix. -- Kramer -- Martin -- Ovation -- Paul Reed Smith (PRS) -- Peavey --, Reverend (NEW!) Serial may appear on back of headstock or neck plate, and from what I've seen if it starts "MCXX," the first two digits indicate last two of year. Thus, "0" prefix can indicate 1990 or 2000. This example is number 3, a Baby.980311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence.11-Digit Serial NumbersJanuary 2000 - October 2009, the serial number expanded from 9 to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation. So "08" indicates 2008. Hagstrom stopped producing guitars in 1983. Numbers 900001 to 902908 were used for a short run of Sigma-made Martin models from 1981 to 1982 so do not appear on Martin models. Six numbers, like so: 610101.The first number is the year; 1996. After a 20 year gap, Hagstrom once again started producing guitars. )1961-75 (basic)100-9999 1961 - 1963 100000-199999 1963 - 1967200000-290000 1964 - 1965300000-599999 1965 - 1969600000-999999 1966 - 1969000001-099999 1967 1961-75 (detailed)Year / Approx Serial Range1961 100-424401962 42441-611801963 61450-642201964 64240-705001962 71180-966001963 96601-999991967 000001-0080101967 010000-0429001967 044000-0441001967 050000-0544001967 055000-0639991967 064000-0660101967 0670000-0709101967 090000-0999991963, 1967 100000-1060991963 106100-1089001963, 1967 1090000-1099991963 110000-1115491963, 1967 111550-1157991963 115800-1182991963, 1967 118300-1209991963 121000-1399991963, 1967 140000-1401001963 140101-1443041964 144305-1443801963 144381-1450001963 147009-1498641964 149865-1498911963 149892-1529891964 152990-1742221964, 1965 174223-1766431964 176644-1999991964 200000-2503351965 250336-2910001965 301755-3021001965 302754-3059831965, 1967 306000-3061001965, 1967 307000-3079851965, 1967 309848-3109991965 311000-3201491967 320150-3206991965 320700-3211001965 322000-3266001965 328000-3285001965 328700-3291791965, 1967 329180-3301991965, 1967-68 330200-3322401965 332241-3270901965 348000-3480921966 348093-3491001965 349121-3686381966 368640-3698901967 370000-3709991966 380000-3853091967 390000-3909981965-68 400001-4009991966 401000-4079851966 408000-4086901966 408800-4092501966 420000-4260901966 427000-4291801966 430005-4385301966 438800-4389251965-66,68-69 500000-5009991965 501010-5016001968 501601-5017021965, 1968 501703-5027061968 503010-5031101965, 1968 503405-5209551968 520956-5300561966, 1968-69 530061-5308501968-69 530851-5309931969 530994-5399991966, 1969 540000-5407951969 540796-5450091966 550000-5569101969 558012-5674001966 570099-5707551969 580000-5809991966-69 600000-6009991969 601000-6010901969 605901-6060901966-67 700000-7007991968-69 750000-7509991966-69 800000-8009991966, 1969 801000-8128381969 812900-8149991969 817000-8199991966, 1969 820000-8200871966 820088-8238301969 824000-8249991966, 1969 828002-8474881966 847499-8589991967 859001-8800891967 893401-8950381968 895039-8969991967 897000-8989991968 899000-8999991968 900000-9022501968 903000-9208991968 940000-9410091968 942001-9430001968 945000-9454501968 947415-9560001968 959000-9609091968 970000-9728641970 - 1975This period remains confusing and serial numbers from the 60s and 70s may repeat.