Hamer serial number dating
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.
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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.
Kramer was very careful to not stamp "Made In USA" anywhere on its neckplates starting in about 1985/1986.
Starting in late 1985, virtually all Kramer guitars were being made by ESP Guitars in Japan.
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The next 4 numbers are the productionnumber that month they only produced 9999 pcs each month.
EXAMPLE C760276 this is March 1976 the 276pc made that month Post 1987 models the letter is now the Factory designation.No material contained on this site may be used without consent.This page Copyright 2001-2009 Edward Cullen All rights reserved.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.The first Numberis the year the next 5 numbers are the production number of the piece forthe year.