Info about dating international dating statistics
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.
These instruments are the only ones that correspond to the standard post-1977 Gibson serialization.
Like Gibson numbers, there are 8 digits in the completenumber, and follows the code of YDDDYNNN. DDD indicates the day of the year (so DDD can't be above 365), and the NNN indicates the instrument's production ranking for that day (NNN = 021 = 21st guitar built).
The Nashville facility begins eachday at number 501, and the Montana workshop begins at number 101.
However, in 1994, the Nashville-produced Epiphones were configured as YYNNNNNN: YY = 94 (the year) and NNNNNN is the ranking for the entire year.
A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped onthe heel area.
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series: The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.
b12345) The only exceptionto this would be some of the "E" and "F" series neckplates did have one letter followed by fiveletters (e.g. XL-1234) 5) A chrome or black neck plate with nothing on it but a Kramer headstockand a serial number stamped on them.
These neck plates are smooth flat neck plateswith no "Neptune, N. Keep in mind that just because the neckplate is imprinted with "Kramer, Neptune, NJ" does NOT mean that the guitar was Made in the USA or an "American" series.
The next 4 numbers are the productionnumber that month they only produced 9999 pcs each month.
EXAMPLE C760276 this is March 1976 the 276pc made that month Post 1987 models the letter is now the Factory designation.