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All of these instruments have a stamped into the wood 4 digit serial number 1977 to Present Day This system would have at least a 5 digit number with a space between the first and second digit example 2 2047 This would be a 1982 guitar the 2,047th guitar ever built not including the 680 custom guitars that used the original serial number system.Link To US Site designed and maintained by Edward Cullen.The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.Although the "American" Series guitars were made by ESPin Japan, they were assembled in the US.
In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization methodthat is in practice today.
If the serial number of your Kramer starts with the following serial numbers, it is NOT a USA Made or "American" series Kramer: 1) Two letters followed by a serial number (e.g.
AA1234, AC1234, FA1234, FC1234, SA1234) 2) One letter followed by five letters (e.g. 12345) 4) Model numbers preceding serial number (e.g.
During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000.
MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied.