Dating ibanez serial number
The second (tens) digit identifies the quality class (as described above for the hundreds digit in the typical naming system).The final digit identifying the pickup/ pickguard configuration (as described above for the tens digit.Not guitars I deal with so details I don't particularly concern myself with I noticed this right away on my RFR.My original guess was that the headstock and the neck joint plate number were supposed to be the same, but someone dumped the bag o' heel joint plates all over the factory floor and got them out of order.Starting in 2014 a new naming convention was added for certain models in the Prestige line.
Sometimes, for instance in catalogs, the abbreviation defining the model finish is included to the model number, so you would get RG3520Z HBK or even RG3520ZHBK (without the space).
These models are identified by a prefix on the model number exclusive to each retailer.
Some of these retailer codes are: Note that some models may have more than one of these series code suffixes (e.g. For the Iron Label series introduced in 2013, models are given a two character identifier after the series code and before the number.
Common suffixes include: DX (deluxe), E (EMG pickups), FM (flamed maple top), QM (quilted maple top) and Z (Edge Zero tremolo equipped).
A comprehensive list of such suffixes can be found here.
The first one to three letters of a model name generally indicates the series to which that model belongs.