The serial numbers are generally a character string containing letters and numbers, although some are purely numeric.Serial numbers can be useful in determining the age of a guitar as well as in which country and by which builder it was produced.Serial numbers on Ibanez guitars can generally be found in one of several locations: The first step in deciphering the serial number is determining the country or facility in which the guitar was produced.
Some sources say the practice started in September 1975, but serial numbers indicating production as early as October 1974 have been spotted.
The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibáñez guitars from Spain.
After Telésforo Julve bought the company in 1933, Hoshino Gakki decided to make Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name.
After the lawsuit period Hoshino Gakki introduced Ibanez models that were definitely not copies of the Gibson or Fender designs such as the Iceman and The Ibanez Roadstar.
The company has produced its own guitar designs ever since.