History of Yamaha Guitars", a good but far from complete book on Yamaha guitars, gives the following serial num..."> History of Yamaha Guitars", a good but far from complete book on Yamaha guitars, gives the following serial num...">

Dating SG’s by serial number

Dating SG’s by serial number

The “History of Yamaha Guitars“, a good but far from complete book on Yamaha guitars, gives the following serial number chart for SG’s (and SX) guitars:

Made in Japan, 1966-1984. For SG series.
Year  Serial Number Sequence
1966  0398-3951
1967  3952-7433
1968  7434-10844
1969  10645-12331
1970  12332-13492
1971  13493-15121
1972  15122-18058
1973  18059-23745
1974  23746-36150
1975  36151-38104
1976
38105-39943 (SG-175, SX-125)
1001-1390 (SG1000)
1001-1126 (SG2000)
1977
001391-002365 (SG1000)
001251-002610 (SG2000)
1978
002366-003110 (SG1000)
002611-003760 (SG2000)
1979
003111-004445 (SG1000)
003761-005088 (SG2000)
1980 (through July)
004446-005329 (SG1000)
005081-005375 (SG2000)
1980 (through December)
013001-024215
1981  025410-059618
1982  059620-096639
1983  096640-126845
1984 (through July)  126846-146196

Based on my own information a few comments have to be made:

Some (perhaps even many) very early “modern” SG’s (1500, 2000 etc) have a serial number that doesn’t match the system above. They have the 1976 SG175 type 5 digit number.

Now the good part. History of Yamaha Guitars states that this numbering system is valid for SG and SX guitars. But also my SF guitars and my SC guitars (all 70’ies) match the above numbering system. I don’t know for sure but it looks like these guitars can be dated by the chart above too. Luckely these guitars normaly also have a pickup number that makes them datable.

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