The neck pocket like this Michael Kinal guitar body.Scenario 2 – the date is hidden inside a serial number Assuming you cannot find a date on the guitar, the next step if to find a serial number. It must be noted that not all serial numbers have meaning but in many cases the serial number includes date of manufacture and other information. Once you have found the serial number it is simply a matter of referring to a resource to decode the number/letters.I you look closely at this list you will see that Tokais numbering system raises potential problems each time there's a change of decade.
It may have been some time before the part was installed at the factory, but it still provides a good approximation of when the gear was made.
This is especially helpful on (less popular) gear that doesn`t have reliable serial#`s or other information to date them.
The following information is taken from excerpts from
as well as other reference material both in my personal vintage guitar library and the internet, Please enjoy this information and use it as a guide to helping date your vintage guitar or vintage amp.
Similarly for those seeking a pre CNC machine Paul Reed Smith you want to find one made before 1995.