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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.
There is no master list to correlate to a model number, these are consecutive serialized numbers only.
Here is the breakdown courtesy of Ibanez Collectors World.
Until 1977 Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (2=1972, 3=1973, etc.) 3rd character indicates the month of production (0=January, 1=February, ...
- Cort serial numbers are denoted with a C prefix followed by either 7 or 8 digits.
I'm not sure what year the changeover occurred but using the formula it will be easy for you to tell.
If you're trying to figure out what model something is from the serial number, figure out what year it is then go to the catalog library for the corresponding year [or year before or after] to find the model.
Some models will never be found in the catalogs, that's just the way it is.
Plate numbers usually follow the pattern of the first 2 digits denoting year of production followed by a 4 digit number that denotes consecutive production for that model for that year, or consecutive production number for that particular model from the models inception.
This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock.
A761356 - The 1356th guitar produced in January '76 - These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above.
On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all.
Because allot of it can be confusing I'll spell out as many model/serial types as I can remember tonight in a fully inconcise and dribble filled rant.