Dating Your Takamine

Dating Your Takamine

Pro Series Models

Japanese-built Takamine Pro Series guitars can be reliably dated from the eight-digit serial numbers typically found at the neck block inside the instruments.

The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month. The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.

For example, serial number 07100091 indicates a guitar built in 2007 (07), in October of that year (10), and that it was the 91st guitar made that month (0091). Similarly, serial number 09050112 indicates the 112th guitar made during May 2009.

In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use. See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.

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G Series models

The serial-numbering scheme for G Series Takamine models has changed several times over the years. 

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Takamine Models Distributed in Japan

Japanese-made Takamine models distributed in Japan have their own serial-numbering scheme that can be used to reliably date them. In these eight-digit numbers, the first two digits signify the number of years since Takamine’s establishment in 1962. The following two digits denote the month, and the remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.

For example, serial number 46090002 indicates a guitar built in 2008 (1962 plus 46 years), in September of that year (09), and that it was the second guitar made that month (0002). Similarly, serial number 49110033 indicates the 33rd guitar made during November 2011.

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Takamine Japanese Made Productions Only

This applies for overseas models from 2013

For Example; Serial Number:#51010999.

The first two digits represent the number of years from 1962 (1962 + 51 = 2013).

The second two digits are the month (01).

The last four is the sequential number from all guitars made that month.