Guitars Made from 1962-2012 (excluding G-Series)
Japanese-built Takamine guitars made between 1962 and mid/late 2012 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.
Guitars Made From 2012-Present (Excluding G-Series)
In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.
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.