Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Martin Guitars Serial Number Chart

Serial Numbers:

Epiphone Serial Numbers


The Epiphone company was established in 1928 in New York City. Named after the companys president Epaminondas Stathopoulo, Epiphone was known in the 20's for a line of highly ornamental banjos. Epiphone started making electric guitars in the 1930's, and are probably best known for its archtops. The C. G. Conn company bought Epiphone in 1953 and moved production to Philadelphia. The Stathopoulo family bought the company back in 1955 but by 1957 the company had been acquired by CMI. CMI started shipping Gibson Epiphones from Kalamazoo in 1959. Norlin purchased CMI in 1969, and arranged the production of Epiphones in Japan and later Korea.

Carvin Guitars Serial Numbers


Between 1964 and 1970 Carvin guitars do not have a serial number. The first guitar to have a serial number was #5000 and it was issued in 1970. Carvin guitars serial numbers first appeared on the end of the fretboard and are now located on the neck plate.

B.C. Rich Serial Numbers

B.C. Rich
With production beginning in 1972, the first 350 guitars were numbered sequentially. In 1974 a system of serial number coding began using a 5 digit code with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the place in production. Because of increased demand and production late 70s and early 80's serial coding, as it relates to identifying year of production, began to become inconsistent. By 1980 the numbers were 2 years ahead, and by 1982 year coding was off by 4 years. Current American made B.C. Rich serial numbers follow the year and number of guitars format.

B.C. Rich Guitars

Serial Numbers for Alembic

The first 2 numbers of the serial number correspond to the year built. There may also be present a letter code designating a certain model. The latter digits indicate the individual instrument and it's place in production.

Ibanez Prestige Bass

Guide to Guitar Pickups

This is a guide to pickups and the wiring of electric guitars. It is part of a larger guide to constructing a solidbody
electric guitar. I would really appreciate any comments, questions, or suggestions that any of you have. My email
address is

Standard disclaimer applies: If you use the info in this document, you do so at your own risk. If you hurt yourself,
someone else, your guitar, or anything else, then it is by your own choice and you are responsible for your actions.

What is a pickup & how do they work?
Basic wiring
One Pickup
Intermediate Wiring
Multiple Pickups/Switches
Multiple Volume/Tone Controls
stock diagrams
Advanced wiring
Humbucker tricks
custom wirings

What is a pickup & how do they work?

Pickups are the part of your electric or acoustic-electric guitar that convert the vibration of the strings to an electric
signal that goes to your amp, effects rack, or in some cases, recording equipment.

In solidbody electric guitars, the pickup is a magnetic inductor. The pickups are essentially magnets with wires coiled
around them. When vibrating strings move through the magnetic field this creates, an electrical signal is created
(induced). It is then sent through the wires and electronics of your guitar an out to wherever you plug it in. The
simplest form of these pickups are called "single coil" pickups, because there is a single coil of wire wrapped around 6
magnetic bars.

In acoustic-electric guitars, the pickups are what is called piezo-electric pickups (piezo for short - say pee-ate-so).
Piezo pickups are made out of a special material that emits an electrical signal when squeezed or compressed. For this
reason, they are generally mounted under the saddles in acoustic (and in some cases electric) guitars. When the strings
vibrate, the piezo elements are compressed, and the signal is sent out to your amp. The piezos re-create the acoustic
sound very nicely; this is how most of the electric guitars that claim they can sound like acoustics do it.


Rail pickups
Most single coil pickups have 6 magnets, one for each string. One drawback of this method is that in the spaces
between magnets, strings are not "picked up" as well as when they are above their respective magnets. So someone
decided to make a pickup with one long bar across the length of the pickup, so no matter where you bend the string to,
it will always come through loud and clear. These pickups are called bar or rail pickups. Some have one rail, some
have 2.

The first pickups were of the single coil variety, but since the strings of the guitar and the electronics within make a
great antenna, there was always a lot of hum associated with them. Then, in 1957 or 58 Seth Lover of Gibson guitars
found a way to stop (or at least greatly reduce) the hum. Sound is a wave similar to the waves in the ocean, and if you
have waves that are equal but vertically opposite, they will cancel each other out. The "Humbucking" pickup has 2
single coil style pickups wired so that the hum from one pickup is the exact opposite of the hum from the other, but the
sound from the strings is not. Therefore, when the 2 signals are mixed, the hum cancels out, leaving you with only the
sound of the strings. Nowadays, Fender strats use the same principle in switch positions 2 and 4. That is why those
positions are quieter than positions 1, 3, and 5. Most humbuckers look like 2 single coil pickups stuck together, but
they are available in sizes that will fit a standard single coil slot.

Basic wiring

In the following pictures, a downward arrow means connect to ground, a plus sign indicates the "hot" wire, and a
minus sign the "neutral" wire. Try to look at each part of the signal path (the path the electric signals make from the
pickups to your amp) as a different "module". For our purposes, wiring and electrical design will be much simpler if
you consider everything in "modules" rather than looking at the project as a whole.

One single coil pickup.
Each single coil pickup has 2 wires coming out of it. If you are only using one pickup, then it doesn't matter which
wire goes to hot, and which goes to ground. (In real life there is one wire coming out of the pickup, which splits into 2
at the end, but for now, let's pretend that one wire comes out of one side, and the other out of the opposite side.) In
some cases, there will only be one wire, and a metal braid. Treat the metal braid as the neutral or negative wire. If there
are 2 wires and a metal braid, solder the metal braid to ground.

Consider this picture:

The volume knob works using a potentiometer, more commonly just called a pot. Pots are variable resistors, because
as you turn them, the electrical resistance changes. There are usually 3 lugs (wiring connections) on a pot, and to
understand what they mean, you need to know how pots work. This is the electrical symbol for a pot:

The lines on either side are the left and right lugs, the arrow is the middle lug, and the squiggly line is the resistor.
When you turn the knob, the arrow will slide either left or right, depending on which way you turn the knob. If
electricity is coming in from the right side, it must go through all of the resistor to get to the left side, but if it wants to
get to the middle lug, then it only has to go through as much resistor as it needs to.

For single coil pickups, use a 250K-ohm pot, for humbuckers, use a 500K pot. If you are mixing different types, use
a 500k pot.

The wiring is as follows:
Connect the wire from your pickup that you chose to be "hot" to the middle lug.
Connect a wire from the right-hand lug (as seen from the top) to the hot lug on your output jack.
Connect a wire from the left-hand lug to the ground lug on your jack.
Connect the ground wire from your pickup to the ground lug on your jack.

Here's a picture:

Note: This type of volume wiring is passive, it cannot boost the volume, it can only reduce it.

Tone knobs use something called a capacitor to "bleed" higher or lower (depending on how you wire it) sounds to
ground. As I understand it, they change resistance depending on the frequency of the sound that passes through them.
The standard values for capacitors are .05uF for strat style guitars, and .02uF for gibson style. [NOTE: These values
are now correct. They used to be far too small. Sorry for the mistake] Either will probably be just fine.

The wiring is as follows:
Connect the wire you chose to be the hot output to the center lug of the volume pot.
Connect a wire from the center lug of the volume pot to the left-hand lug of the tone pot.
Connect a wire from the right-hand lug of the volume pot to the hot lug on your jack.
Connect a wire from the left-hand lug of the volume pot to the ground lug on your jack.
Connect a wire from the left-hand lug of the volume pot to one end of a capacitor.
Connect a wire from the other end of the capacitor to the center lug of the tone pot.

Intermediate wiring

Switches/Multiple pickups
Now you're ready for a bit more of a challenge. Few guitars or basses have only one pickup, so how do you add
wiring for more? Switches. Switches allow you to select a single pickup or combine the output from many. Unless
you want volume or tone controls for individual pickups, it's easiest to send all the hot wires into your switch,
combine all the ground wires, and use the output of your switch as hot:

There are MANY different kinds of switches, but I'm only going to cover the standard Gibson and Fender switches,
as well as slide switches and rotary switches.

There are diagrams for each type of switch below.

You don't need to know how a switch works on the inside, but you do need to know which of its lugs are connected
in which positions.

Gibson uses 2 position throw switches, the kind that look like a baseball bat stuck in a hole. The 2 position switches
are SPDT On-On switches. SPDT means Single Pole, Double Throw. Single pole means that there is only one set of
lugs, and double throw means that there are only 2 positions that the switch can have. On-On means that both positions
are active, whereas an On-Off switch would mean that even if you connected wires to the lugs that are supposed to be
connected in that switch position, it wouldn't work.

The Fender 5-position switch is wired like a 3 position switch. I would call it a DP3T (Double Pole, Triple Throw)
switch. It has 2 separate sets of lugs controlled by one switch that can be in any of 3 positions. see the diagram to
understand how it works. There are switches that look like the Fender switch that are actually DP5T switches, Stewart
McDonald's has them if you're interested.

Slide switches are pretty straightforward, they are the on-off switches for most toys, and Fender jazzmaster, jaguar,
and similar models use them. In my guitar, I used one DPDT slide switch, and one DP3T. Both were used for coil
tapping my humbuckers(covered later - don't worry). See the diagrams for exactly how they work.

All DPDT switches are not equal, however. If you come across a DPDT toggle switch (baseball bat in hole style), it
will be wired differently than a DPDT slide switch. The differences are noted in the diagram, and are caused by
mechanical differences in the two.

Finally, we have rotary switches. Rotary switches are available in lots of different shapes and sizes, and are useful
because they offer more positions for the space they take up than most other switches. The Fender 5 position switch is
actually a DP3T rotary switch with some extra tricks. They are not included in the diagram, but are similar to the
Fender switch in that each selected lug will connect to a common output lug.

Finally, the long awaited diagram.

(the positions in red on the Fender switch indicate both lugs are connected)

Multiple Volume/Tone Controls
Multiple volume and tone controls are easy. For each pickup you want to have its own volume(and or) tone control,
follow the instructions from earlier, but connect the hot output(s) to the input lug on the switch for that pickup instead
of the jack. The ground outputs will still go to ground. Remember, anything you put between the switch and the
pickup will be for that pickup only, and anything between the switch and your jack is for any/all the selected pickups.
Think modular.

Stock diagrams
Strat Standard Diagram
Les Paul Standard Diagram

Advanced wiring

Humbucker tricks(Coil tapping & Parallel wiring)
Humbuckers come in 3 styles as far as wiring is concerned. Some have 2 wires coming out, some 3, and some have 4.
There isn't much you can do with 2 wire humbuckers - as far as wiring is concerned, they behave like single coil
pickups. With 3 or 4 wires, things get a bit more interesting. The extra wires are connected directly to the individual
pickups inside. This allows you to use either of the single pickups for that single-coil sound, but it will not be
humbucking. This is called coil-tapping. Or you can connect the pickups in parallel, which reportedly gives you a
different sound, but is still humbucking.

Phase Switching
The phase of a pickup is relative to other pickups. A single pickup cannot be "in phase" with itself. Out of phase
pickups will produce "waves" of sound that are vertically opposite, and out of phase pickups can cancel each other out,
giving you a really weak sound. (see the discussion on humbuckers for more info) Phase switching is useful if you
will be using all 3 pickups at once - chances are good that 1 pickup will be out of phase with the other 2, resulting in
unwanted cancellation. If you are going to use phase switching, plan out all the phases of all the pickups in all
selectable positions before you commit. Once things are soldered in the guitar, changes are much harder to make.

Custom wirings
Designing a custom wiring scheme is a lot of fun, and a lot of work. It will give you all the switching options you
want, and none you don't. For this guitar, I included all the options I could think of, kind of as a test to see which
ones I like. I have the ability to select any combination of pickups, parallel wiring on the neck humbucker, coil tapping
on both the bridge and neck humbuckers, and phase switching on the middle pickup. It was a lot of work, and it took a
long time to plan it, but it was well worth it. Now I am a wiring pro :)




In dating Ibanez guitars made before 1987 .. the first letter is the month ( A is Jan., B is Feb, C is March..etc) the next two numbers are the year .. the next four numbers are the production number that month (they only produced 9999 pieces each month)..(example) ..C760287 = March 1976 the 287th. piece made ... In dating Ibanez guitars made after 1987 .. the letter is now the factory designation .. the first number is the year built ... the next five numbers are the production number of the piece for the year ..(example) .. F700015 = the 15th. guitar made in 1987 ..

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98 s

Code Color
AMP Amber Pearl
AV Antique Violin
BB Blazer Blue
BC Black Cherry
BG British Racing Green
BK Black
BN Blue Night
BP Black Pearl
BS Brown Sunburst
BSB Burnt Stain Blue
BT Butterscotch Transparent
CA Candy Apple
CG Cayman Green
DG Deep Green
FBL Flaked Blue
FGR Flaked Green
FP Flower Pattern
FSL Flaked Silver
GG Green Galaxy
IV Ivory

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JB Jewel Blue
MB Metallic Blue
MD Mediterranean Green
MG Metallic Green
MM Mahogany
MN Mint Green
NT Natural
PP Purple Pearl
P3 Petrucci Part 3
QM Quilted Maple
RB Royal Blue
TR Transparent Red
SB Sunburst
SBS Stained Sunburst
SOL Stained Oil Finish
TK Transparent Black
TP Transparent Purple
TT Transparent Turquoise
VB Vintage Burst
WH White

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Vintage Ibanez Guitars

Ibanez Announces New 7-String Guitars

July 24, 1999 - Nashville will again see the unveiling of new Ibanez
7-string guitars. For Korn-style players the basswood, fixed-bridge RG7421,
features a drier, edgier tone. It's also the least expensive 7-string
Ibanez has ever offered. For the Limp Bizkit kind of player, the mahogany
AX7521 is rich in low mids and comes equipped with super high output pickups.
"But we haven't gone totally crunch crazy," remarked Bill Reim,
Vice President of Marketing at Ibanez. "For the young progressive
player, our new S7420 is equipped with low distortion humbuckers and the
Lo-TRS7 locking trem. Nor have we forgotten acoustic players: our AJ307CE
acoustic has been upgraded with the Fishman Prefix EQ."


Model RG7421 AX7521 S7420
List $749.99 $799.99 $1299.99
Available Finish Black Cherry Fudge

Gray Pewter
Black Pearl
Body Material Basswood Mahogany Mahogany
Neck Material 1 pc Maple Maple with Bubinga Reinforcement 1 PC Maple with Bubinga Reinforcement
Neck Type Wizard-7 All Access AX7 24 3/4 Wizard-7 All Access
No. Frets/Type 24 Jumbo 22 Large 22 Jumbo
Fingerboard Rosewood Rosewood Rosewood
Inlay Pearl Dot Dot Dot
Bridge Fixed 7 Fixed 7 Lo TRS 7
H/W Color Black Chrome Black
Neck Pickup IBZ V7-71 Humbucker IBZ V7-71 Humbucker IBZ V7-71 Humbucker
Middle Pickup N/A N/A N/A
Bridge Pickup IBZ V8-72 Humbucker IBZ V8-71 Humbucker IBZ V8-72 Humbucker
Case UV1000C AM50C UV1000C
Case List $169.99 $169.99 $169.99

Model AJ307CENT
List $1099.99
Finish High Gloss Natural
Tuners Gold Grovers
Neck Material Mahogany
Inlay Abalone Dot
Fretboard Material Rosewood
Top Solid Sitka Spruce
Back/Sides Rosewood
Bridge Rosewood
Electronics Fishman Acoustic Matrix

Pickup with Fishman PREFIX EQ
Case GB5C
Case List

Ibanez AX120 Electric Guitar

24, 1999 - The new AX120 adds a medium price point to Ibanez' popular AX
guitar line. Explained Masashi Inoue of Ibanez, "At the top of the
line we've got the pro AX320's and the new AX7521 seven-string. At the entry
level we have the GAX70's versions. With the the AX120 at the mid-price
$399.99--and that's on a mahogany body--we have a completely comprehensive
line covering the major price points."

The new AX120BK features a bolt-on neck with a bound neck and a fixed
bridge that loads through the body. Two colors, Gray Nickel and Black,
are available Continued Mr. Inoue, "The reign of retro has ended.
Younger players, especially heavy rock players, are looking for something
different. And that's one big reason why the AX design has already done
so well."


Model AX120
List $399.99
Available Finish Black (BIK)

Gray Nickel (GN)
Body Material Mahogany
Neck Material 1 piece maple
Neck Scale 24 3/4"
No. Frets/Type 22 Large
Fingerboard Bound Rosewood
Inlay Pearl Dot
Bridge Fixed
H/W Color Chrome
Neck Pickup IBZ Infinity 1 Humbucker
Middle Pickup NA
Bridge Pickup IBZ Infinity 1 Humbucker
Case AM50C
List $169.99

Ibanez Introduces Jam Pack Jr. Acoustic
Value Package

July 24, 1999 - The Jam Pack family of one stop guitar value packs now
has a new junior member, naturally enough named the Jam Pack Jr. The Jam
Pack Jr. contains all the main Jam Pack components -- guitar, electronic
tuner, instruction book and video, chord chart, picks and accessory pouch
-- all packed in one box featuring eye-catching graphics.

"We want our dealers to reach even more customers," remarked
Ritchie Umemura of the Ibanez Acoustic Guitar division, "so the Jam
Pack Jr is at an even lower price point than the affordable Jam Packs.
Plus we have a version with a Spanish instruction video." The new
Jam Pack Jr. is available in three versions: JR1SM Grand Concert Steel
String, JR1CL Nylon String, and JR1CLSP Nylon String with Spanish video.

Jam Pack Jr. Models:

Model number List Price Includes Guitar
JR1SM $249.99 PF Grand Concert
JR1CL $249.99 GA Classical
JR1CLSP $249.99 GA Classical

w/Spanish Video

Ibanez STW Very Limited Edition 6/7-String
Double Neck

July 24, 1999 - Along with two brand new 7-strings, Ibanez is also showing
a very Limited Edition 6/7 Double Neck at the Nashville NAMM show. "This
is our first double neck since the early 80's when we had the Studio and
Artist 6 and 12 string double necks," said Masashi Inoue of the Ibanez
Electric Guitar Divsion. "The S mahogany body is perfect for a double
neck. It's a lot more comfortable and lighter than the old Artist double
neck--which was very heavy--but you've still got the sustain and warmth
of mahogany."

At press time only 12 STW double necks were allocated for the U.S. market.


Model STW
List $3,299.99
Available Finish (BK) Black
Body Material Mahogany
Neck Material 6-Maple

7-Maple with Bubinga reinforcement
Neck Type 6-Wizard

7-Wizard w/All Access
No. Frets/Type 22 Jumbo
Fingerboard Rosewood
Inlay Pearl Dot
Bridge 6-Lo Pro Edge

H/W Color CK
Neck Pickup 6-IBZ QM1 Humbucker

7V7-71 Humbucker

Middle Pickup 6-lBZ AS1 Single

Bridge Pickup 6-IBZ AH2 Humbucker

7-IBZ V8-72 Humbucker
Case Included

Ibanez Amps

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Why is there a particular
Ibanez? How did it come about? What does it do? That's one of
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This Web page attempts to answer
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What can it do for me?

And why is there an Ibanez? We've
been making acoustic guitars for fifty years and electrics for
over forty. We've survived and grown in the shadow of the "Big
Guitar Companies" because we're not locked in by tradition.
Certainly we have classic guitars of own, but by keeping our
ears open to music as it changes and players' needs as they change,
we've constantly been able to offer something different, real
alternatives to just the three or four old standards. We make
instruments that will take you from your first forays with the
fretboard to whatever you need as a mature player. Guitars and
basses that will help you with the inspiration of your first
tunes, to their recording, and to their live performance.

Once there was a time when getting
an artist endorsement was as simple as getting him or her to
pose for a with their supposed "signature"
axe. Well, that isn't true any longer, and it was never true
for Ibanez. Our artists choose Ibanez because they know we will
work with them to get it right, no matter how long it takes.
And their creative ideas aren't limited to their signature s,
many of the best ideas end up on our standard s, including
the most inexpensive.

Some of our artists come to us
with exact ideas: the specific pickup, just what fretwire, even
what color. The task there is making sure that their ideas work,
and if they don't, we have to figure out what will achieve the
same, or better results. Others know exactly what they want in
tone and feel, but not how to get it. Sometimes that's actually
easier. But either way, it takes a long time, and we are proud
of the results of the work that our artists and our designers
have achieved.

But the ultimate benefactor is
you. Because ultimately we work with our artists not because
they will play these instruments. We do all this work so


We hope
that you enjoy our guitars, basses, and effects

as much
as we do!


For 1999, Ibanez intorduces a new finish available for the RG 7620: Vampire Kiss



Seven String Jazz Box

With extensive experience in both seven string guitars and jazz
guitars such as our George Benson and Pat Metheny s, the
addition of a Seven-String jazz box to the Ibanez line is a natural.

The AF207, is the first full production seven string hollow body.
The neck on the AF207 is 50mm: wide enough to keep larger
gauge string at an equal distance; not so wide as to be unplayable.

The three piece neck itself is made of
mahogany/maple/mahogany, the mahogany to bring out the lows,
the maple to accent the highs. Much of the pickup work was
already in place, seven years of cooperative work with DiMarzio
in seven string guitars gave us an considerable edge in getting a
pickup capable of handling the wide range of the seven string.

Because the AF207 was specifically designed to be a pure jazz
guitar, the AF207 uses standard jazz guitar bracing patterns.The AF207 features a spruce top, maple back and sides and is
available in BS (Brown Sunburst).



The JPM100PIV is our fourth John Petrucci , and features the
same "Picasso Graphic" as previous s but with a Camouflage
color scheme.

DiMarzio pickups have been direct-mounted to the JPM more body
sound, faster note response and greater sustain. A unique 3- way
switching system allows the JPM's distinctive sounds to be accessed
quickly and easily.

The JPM100PIV also features an American basswood body, all access
neck joint and black hardware.


For 1999 Ibanez is proud to introduce the newest S series ,
the SCR220 available in BP (Black Pearl) and NB (Northern

The SCR s feature a slightly thicker mahogany body than
the standard S series. Two direct mount V series humbucking
pickups, special 5 wiring, and a standard two point Full Action
II tremolo.



To celebrate the return of the Artist to the Ibanez line,
we've created the AR2000 Artist "Prestige" with
an exquisitely figured AAA grade flame maple top and a
deluxe Artist neck that's hand finished.

New for 1999 the AR250 available in VB
(Vintage Burst) re-lives the days when a great set
neck guitar was affordable.

Features include a solid mahogany back with a
flamed maple top, Super 58 pickups and a Full Tune
II bridge.

The AR250 also features a set-in maple neck with a
bound rosewood fretboard, 22 medium frets and a
24.75" scale.

New for 1999 the AX series, designed to give the
player all the features needed for todays music.

The AX320T features a mahogany body, set
neck, Two INF series pickups and a Lo-Trs II
tremolo System. Available colors are VK Vampire
Kiss) and NB (Northern Blue)


It's time for your first guitar. Or you've been playing
for a while, but you're on a budget. So you have to settle
for less, right? Wrong. With GRX GIO Ibanez s,
you've got Powersound humbucking pickups for
screaming leads, great playability, the same set-up and
inspection standards of our most expensive a wide assortment of eye-catching

The GAX is lowest price artist ever and is
available in BK (Black), BT (Butterscotch Transparent)
and TR (Transparent Red)


Returning for 1999 is the JS1000 , available in BP
(Black Pearl)and WH (White).

This has the same basic features as the original JS1000
including Dimarzio� PAF PRO� and Fred� pickups,the
Low-Pro edge tremolo system and the defined JS body.

New for 1999 we digitized Joes favorite neck and using our
advanced computer controlled routers we can reproduce the
same neck including any wear on the front and back from his
playing style.

Ibanez Guitars