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It seems that Fuji Gen or Ibanez produced an overstock of these "F7" serial number stickers and so just continued to use them through 1988.One can perhaps make a reasonable guess as to whether a model with an F7 serial number was actually produced in 1987 or 1988 based on the production sequence (the last five digits of the serial number).After the year prefix, these models use a code of "EB", indicating Electric Bass.The serial number on SE model guitars can be found on the back of the headstock.The year of manufacture for SE guitars can be determined by the letter prefix prior to the sequence of numbers that follow.

The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model After the year prefix, these models use a code digit of "4", indicating a bolt-on neck bass.All cabinet serial numbers begin with the code "SPK" and are followed by the two digit year prefix.Ibanez serial numbers are unique identifiers placed on instruments sold under the Ibanez brand.These include a few special Signature models and some J Customs.These serial numbers are either hand-printed on the back of the headstock (often in Sterling silver or gold ink or paint) or stamped on the fretboard beyond the last fret or sometimes both.

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