Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

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Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by harryw » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:22 am

Hello to all members.

perhaps a little introducing on my behalf.
my name is harry live in the Netherlands.
been playing for 40 plus years,yes time flys when one looks back.
into yamaha's the last few years. started with a f310.
nice one for the money but i soon got tired of it.
went on to a apx 500 III , like it its a keeper.
still wanted more so i bought me a new ll-6 super guitar i love it.
and further kept my eyes open if somthing nice/used came up in the ads.
one day saw a dw 8 for not too much money so bought it. and yes took a while.
but plays nicely now.
most people would say thats plenty guitars, i agree.
but the years that are left for me and no stiff fingers yet,wanna try some more.
and sure enough there se was a LL-26 hardly used.
emailed some arranged to meet and bought it,with her Original yamaha case.
now a question i would like to know how old those guitars are/
looked at different websites.and to say the least yamaha serial numbers i find a bit strange.
problem is that the first 2 numbers stand for the year,so it repeats every decade too bad.
two firts letters are the year,if made in japan.
number of my ll-26 is QKJ064A i come up with march 2004
as for the dw 8 nr. is 10905380 so should be sept. 2001
and my L6 almost forgot hnx240294 okt. 2017
anyone who can conferm this please?
greetings
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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by Mimasu » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:32 pm

harryw wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:22 am
number of my ll-26 is QKJ064A i come up with sept. 2004
as for the dw 8 nr. is 10905380 so should be march. 2001
anyone who can conferm this please?
greetings
Harry,

As for the LL-26, I think it's march 2004.

The DW-8 is dated september 2001 I think.

Could it be you swapped the months :wink:

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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by harryw » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:14 pm

Hello lee

yes your thinking is right, a slip of the fingers sorry
lets see if i can correct it in my post.
found out something about those yamaha LL400 ?
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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by Mimasu » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:51 pm

harryw wrote:
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:14 pm
found out something about those yamaha LL400 ?
Here we go:

Made from 1999 till 2004, MSRP 1299 usd, solid maple top, solid mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and bridge. Handmade. Nice transparent pickguard. Had his sister, the LSX400, and that guitar played and sounded great.

For some reason, I think most people would buy a Taylor or lower end Martin for that money, they sold very bad at least overhere in Europe. Some of these series ended up in the sale for very low prices. A highly underrated series.

Look at this page from a 2001 catalog:
LL400.jpg
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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by harryw » Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:09 pm

leon

thank you for posting a catalog page.
so it did have a pickguard,hard to see translucent.
but i like it.i have wondered sometimes. about those thick pieces of plastic
glued on top of a fine solid slab of spruce.
i have read that the ll400 and ll500 where the predecessors of the ll26 and ll36.
24kt gold plated tuners ,well that tells something.
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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by harryw » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:58 am

Hi Leon

i found a yamaha catalog page too.your page says ebony bridge and fingerboard.
and yes sure looks like it.
sorry to say but, on this page bridge and fingerboard on a ll400 were/are rosewood.
and on the ll500's too
also made ls versions S as for small.
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Unread post by Mimasu » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:32 pm

Perhaps two versions and they started out with rosewood and ended with ebony. Also the old US guitarchive says rosewood. The LSX400 I owned (the LS400 with electronics) for sure had an ebony fretboard and bridge. The catalog you posted is from 1999 and says rosewood. My catalog from 2001 is identical apart from the rosewood. Another catalog from 2002 says ebony also. Don't have a 2003 catalog. The series is gone in the 2004 catalog.

I think that leaves two possibilities:

They misprinted in the 1999 catalog and changed afterwards. Or they really started with rosewood and changed after a year or so to ebony.

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Re: Yamaha serial numbers - date of manufacturing

Unread post by harryw » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:40 pm

well i do hope they were all made with ebony.
my post with the ll400 picture of the soundhole/pickguard.
mmm dont look like ebony to me.
also the serial number ON5023 is a 1998 ?
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