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With production growing rapidly by 1980, the serial numbers had gotten about two to three years ahead. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.For example: 950023 denotes the 23 Duesenberg instrument, manufacture date: 2000 From 2009 onward, the system was redefined.
This system was used for the guitars distributed by L. In the late '70s as production grew, the serial numbers begin to get ahead of themselves since only 1000 numbers were available in a series.
Rich in 1974, a system of serial number coding began using a 5-digit code (XXYYY) with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the production number.
In other words, a guitar with serial number "84532" could have been made in 1982 or 1983, not 1984 as the number would suggest. Also, at some point in 1999 or 2000 the "Made In The USA" below the script logo disappeared on most of the guitars built. Rich models, both imported and USA handmades implement this same year time date stamp and guitar production number format: Current US-made B. Rich serial numbers follow the same year and guitar production number format.
In the year 2000, they changed to the letters "BO" (Bolt On) and three digits (B0XXX), which was the actual production number, but there was no number stating the year the guitar was built. (example - serial number #24123 was the 123rd guitar made in 2004) View a complete range of electric guitars over at PMT Online.
On solid body instruments, serial numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock in gold script (or, prior to 2002, in black script).