Rickenbacker Serial Numbers

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The Serial Numbers for Rickenbacker guitars and basses can be found engraved on the output jack, neck plate, or bridge. It usually has two separate numbers: a date code consisting of two digits which may be letters or numbers, and a number. The number is a serial number for the year.

1960-1996

The first letter denotes year. The second letter denotes month.

Letter

Year

Month

A

1961

January

B

1962

February

C

1963

March

D

1964

April

E

1965

May

F

1966

June

G

1967

July

H

1968

August

I

1969

September

J

1970

October

K

1971

November

L

1972

December

M

1973

January

N

1974

February

O

1975

P

1976

March

Q

1977

April

R

1978

May

S

1979

June

T

1980

July

U

1981

August

V

1982

September

W

1983

October

X

1984

November

Y

1985

December

Z

1986

After 1986

Rickenbacker serial numbers went to a numerical year indicator; the first number indicates year. The same letter system is used for the month.

Number

Year

0

1987

1

1988

2

1989

3

1990

4

1991

5

1992

6

1993

7

1994

8

1995

9

1996

1997-1999

It appears that for 1997-1999 and perhaps into 2000, a different format was used. The month code started coming first, followed by a number for the year. The numbers are shown in the table below.

Number

Year

0

1997

1

1998

2

1999

3

2000

1999-Present

Sometime in 1999, Rickenbacker started switching to a slightly different system. In the new system, the lone number represents the last two digits of the year. 1999 becomes 99, 2004 becomes 04, and so on. The first two numbers of the number part represent the week of the year that the instrument was made.

For example, take the number 99 28926. The 99 indicates that the instrument was made in 1999 and the 28926 tells us that it was made during the 28th week of that year.

External Links

Rickenbacker serial number decoder

http://www.rickenbacker.com/service_serials.asp

Vintage Guitar Pro

http://vintageguitarpro.com/serialrickenbacker.shtml

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