Taylor guitars serial numbers

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2009-current

In 2009 Taylor adopted a new numbering system format which identifies the factory of production, year, date and the assigned number of the guitar on that day’s production schedule, although the numerical sequence is slightly different from the previous system.

  • 1st number – factory number
  • 2nd number – third digit of production year
  • 3rd / 4th numbers – month of production
  • 5th / 6th numbers – day of production
  • 7th number – fourth digit of production year
  • 8th / 9th / 10th numbers – production schedule number

For example, the serial number for the first guitar built in the El Cajon factory on November 2, 2009 is 1011029001. Here’s how it breaks down:

Factory Year (3rd Digit) Month Day Year (4th Digit) Prod. Sched. #
1 0 (2009) 11 02 9 (2009) 001

Factory designation:
1 = El Cajon
2 = Tecate

Accordingly, the serial number for the first guitar built in the Tecate factory on November 2, 2009 is 2011029001.

As with the previous serial numbering system, the serial number does not indicate when a guitar was finished, or when it was shipped, but the day the guitar’s body was assembled.

2000-2009

From 2000 until 2009 the company used an 11-digit system featuring the year, month, day, model and number in the production sequence on that day.

  • 2000 – 20000103101 to 2000122116

1993-1999

From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that denotes when work was begun on the guitar. Reading left to right, the first two digits represent the year; the second pair of digits represent the month; and the third pair of digits represents the calendar day that work was begun. The seventh digit is a series code number – 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 thru Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for Baby and Big Baby Series, 5 for T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for SolidBody Series. The last two digits denote the guitar’s position in that day’s production sequence.

So, for example, if the serial number were 980103004, it would break down as follows:

98
1998
01
January
03
3rd
0
400 Series
04
4th guitar made that day
97
1997
10
October
18
18th
1
500 Series or higher
15
15th guitar made that day

It should be emphasized that the serial number does not indicate when a guitar was finished, or when it was shipped. It takes days to make each Taylor guitar, and the serial number indicates only the day a particular guitar was started in assembly.

  • 1999 – 990104101 to 991220148
  • 1998 – 980105101 to 981218144
  • 1997 – 970106001 to 971219144
  • 1996 – 960102001 to 961219140
  • 1995 – 950103001 to 951219136
  • 1994 – 940104001 to 941220130
  • 1993 – 930104001 to 931221124

1974 – 1992

Until 1987, the serial numbers were not very accurately recorded, and so, numbers towards the end of a production year may have actually been manufactured in the early weeks of the next year.

  • 1992 – 15250 to 17953
  • 1991 – 12498 to 15249
  • 1990 – 10071 to 12497
  • 1989 – 7832 to 10070
  • 1988 – 5982 to 7831
  • 1987 – 4779 to 5981
  • 1986 – 3889 to 4778
  • 1985 – 3207 to 3888
  • 1984 – 2446 to 3206
  • 1983 – 1952 to 2445
  • 1982 – 1671 to 1951
  • 1981 – 1401 to 1670
  • 1980 – 1301 to 1400
  • 1979 – 901 to 1300
  • 1978 – 451 to 900
  • 1977 – 30316 to [—]450
  • 1976 – 20147 to 20315
  • 1975 – 10109 to 10146
  • 1974 – no serial numbers used

 

3 Comments on Taylor guitars serial numbers

  1. Keith Rotach // January 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    Does anyone know on a taylor 2002 vintage accoustic guitar what the letters NAT W/OHSC mean? I thought the NAT was natural fininsh buit the rest I’m confused about. Thanks

    • Bryan Peterson // January 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm // Reply

      Thanks for stopping by.

      OHSC is an abbreviation for Original Hard Shell Case. Nat would be the natural color option, which is different from the finish, technically.

  2. I recently purchased a cedar top 710-ce made in ’98. In Taylor history, I haven’t found any mention of the use of cedar, except for maybe in ’96. My guitar sounds wonderful with balanced tones. I would like to know: why so little info on the cedar top, why was it, or if it was, discontinued and how many were made?

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