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An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.

160225 was a very odd plate number I came across on a Jem.

Most that I'm aware of are what I call 250k plates [25****] and current 2003' FP15th's have 260K plates [26****] meaning there have been over 10,000 Jem's made since they deviated from the serial plate numbering.

Prior to 11/2011 there are 5 digits followed by a letter.

The letter denotes year, starting in 2010 with A, with a 5 digit production number. Alphabet Production Month (A = January to L = December), Next two numbers are Production Year (09-2009. 5 is UV77REMC [2 is FRM1, etc], Next Two numbers is monthly series number.

It consists of a letter, A - L, followed by a 6 digit number.

The letter stands for the month, A for January etc., the first 2 digits will be the year, 76 is 1976, 96 is 1996, the last 4 digits will be the consecutive production number for that months production, 1356 would be the 1356th guitar produced that month.

This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock.

A761356 - The 1356th guitar produced in January '76 - These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above.

;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.

See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.

F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen.