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Once again, the guitar will indicate that it was made in the USA by the "Made In The USA" stamp on the headstock.These will also have a small "TM" next to the script logo.Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could have been assembled a bit earlier or later than 1987. The serial numbers are a bit hard to date because there was no uniform way they were assigned a number at Bernie's original shop.According to the latter, the serial number consisted of three letters identifying the instrument model, a hyphen, another letter indicating the year of manufacture (e.g.F for 2006, because F is the sixth letter of the alphabet), and a three digit number indicating the production number for that model alone.The final four digits, however, now indicated where the instrument fell within a sequence encompassing all models within that year alone.For example: 101145 – the 1145 Duesenberg instrument to be built in 2011 The very first deliveries of the Starplayer Special and the V-Caster (with a two-hole neck attachment in 2002) had five or six digit serial numbers, with the first two digits presumably indicating the year of manufacture.
From 2009 on – coinciding with the new numbering system also introduced that year – the sticker bears only the date of manufacture and the name of the guitar maker.For example: DCA-E002 – the second D-Caster built in 2005 D49-F012 – the twelfth 49er built in 2006 DDB-H012 – the twelfth D-Bass built in 2008 Note that, in addition, 2003/2004 Starplayer TV Specials in Black and Silver Sparkle were sold - primarily on the US market - without serial numbers.Serial numbers for the Artist Series – introduced in 2011 – describe exactly where an individual guitar falls within the total number produced in the series. For example: 08 / 52 is the eighth guitar in a total production run of 52.Their serial numbers consisted of six digits in a YYxxxx format.The first two digits indicated the year of manufacture, while the following four digits indicate where the instrument fell within a sequence that encompassed all models manufactured in all years up to 2009.
The USA bolt on guitars never followed the same serial number sequence as the neck thru models, which were numbered using the (YYXXX) format with the first two digits being the year, and the last three digits being the production number.