Takamine Serial Numbers: What They Can Tell You and How to Decode Them

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Takamine Serial Numbers
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Thankfully Takamine serial numbers are a little more straight forward than some other guitar companies.

This article will look at what your Takamine serial number can tell you about your guitar and how to decode that number.

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What Takamine Serial Numbers Can Tell You About Your Guitar

The main things that the guitar’s serial number tells you is the date your guitar was built – more specifically the month and the year, not the exact day.

It also tells you which number guitar produced your guitar was, during the particular month  i.e. the 1st guitar that month, the 22nd, the 1,000th etc.

This might give you some clue as to the day in the month it was made…but not an accurate one.

For example, if your guitar was the 5th built that month, then it was likely to be on one of the first days of the month. But for most, the exact day of build and the sequential number it was built in that month isn’t that important anyway.

So, the main thing this serial number will tell you is finding out the month and year of build.

Where Can I Find the Serial Number?

Takamine serial numbers are typically found on the neck block (where the neck joins the body) on the inside of the body of the guitar.

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Decoding Takamine Serial Numbers

Now we come the important part – decoding the serial number. Thankfully this is fairly straight forward when it comes to Takamine, though there are, as usual, a few extras.

There are a couple of different serial number systems depending on which model and depending on where they were made and distributed.

Pro Series Models

Takamine’s Pro Series (which is pretty much all of their series except for the G series) models follow an 8 digit serial number system.

The first 2 numbers represent the year of production.

The next 2 numbers represent the month of production.

The last 4 numbers represent the sequential order of that guitar for the month.

O.k. so pretty straight forward right. But let’s take a look at an example to make it really clear.

  • Example serial number: 08040781

From our example serial number we can see that this guitar would have been built in 2008 (08), in April (04) and it was the 781st (0781) guitar built that month.

Said another way, this was the 781st Pro Series guitar that Takamine built in April of 2008.

However, this system is only relevant for up to the end of 2012. After that they adopted a new system (see overseas models below).

G Series Models

O.k. did I say that Takamine’s serial number systems were straight forward. And I might have lied, just a little.

The G series is the exception. There is no discernible system for G Series models. No decoding going on here, unfortunately.

Models Distributed in Japan

Note that Takamine is a Japanese guitar manufacturer (more on Takamine’s History).

Any models that were distributed in Japan, as opposed to internationally, used a slightly different serial number system. it’s still an 8 digit system and the 1st two digits still represent the year, the second two digits still represent the month, and the last 4 digits still represent the sequential order that the guitar was built in that month.

The difference is the first two digits for the year.

These digits represent the number of years since Takamine began in 1962.

For example, if the first two digits were “40” then that would represent 2002 (1962 + 40 years).

So, using an example: 41100035

This was the 35th (0035) guitar manufactured in October (10) of 2003 (41, which is 1962+41)

Japanese Made Models Distributed Overseas

Towards the end of 2012 models distributed overseas started to use the same serial number system as those that are distributed in Japan.

So, if your Takamine was built after 2012 you might see something like this: 51050213

This would represent the 213th (0213) guitar built in May (05) 2013 (1962+51 = 2013).

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Thanks for Reading

Apart from the G Series models, Takamine’s serial number systems are fairly straightforward and easy to understand.

If you have a G Series guitar, you might want to contact Takamine to see what they can tell you about the guitar. Otherwise, you should be able to decipher the year, month and the sequence in that month that your guitar was built.

Any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

If you own a Fender amp and wanna know about Fender amp serial numbers, I’ve got a blog about that as well. I’ve also written how to decipher your Gibson guitar’s serial numbers.

FAQs

How do I read my Takamine serial number?

The first two digits typically indicate the year of manufacture. The next two digits can indicate the month of manufacture. In some cases, Takamine uses a letter code for the month instead. However, this can vary across different models and production years, so it’s essential to refer to specific Takamine documentation or contact Takamine directly for accurate information. The remaining digits in Takamine serial numbers are usually used as a unique identifier for the specific guitar. This number can vary in length and may not always be present in the same format.

Which Takamine guitars are made in Japan?

Some popular Takamine series that are made in Japan include the Pro Series, Japan Limited Edition, and some Signature Models.

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93 comments

  1. I just inherited a Takamine g 132s series guitar and don?t know anything about it….Help.
    Serial 08060378
    Product 5550002804
    KMC c1325 _02804 TAK AC Nylon Cedar W/CS

    Please decode. Thank you

    1. Hi Bonnie

      By my calculations and my understanding of Takamine’s serial number system, this was the 378th guitar built in June 2008.

      Apart from that it sounds like it’s the C132S, which has solid rosewood back and sides and a solid cedar top – and is a classical (Nylon string) guitar. It’s not something I’ve played but sounds like a very nice guitar to inherit by the sounds of it.

      1. Is it not a G series with no real system for serial numbers. ?g132s? ? The ?C? in ?C1325? or ?C132S? might denote Cedar. Just guessing, though.

    2. I have a N-15 model serial number 90090077 Can u give me some information about this guitar PLEASE Im disabled and wanting to learn Can someone pls give me info about my mew toy Thankyou in advanse

      1. 77th unit of a September 1990 batch. First two numbers represent year… second two numbers represent month… last four represent order in a batch made in that year. I hope this helps.

  2. I have a G332 model I got when I was a kid. Thinking it about 35-40 years old.

    Serial number is 50506245.

    So not sure what year it is. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. With the G series you basically have to guess the year, as to where it was made. G332, approx 35-40 years old, made in Taiwan.

  3. I Have inherited a Takamine EF 340 S with a serial Nu S1011769 and I?m trying to determine year and value, Can you help me out?

  4. Pictures would help but that serial number may be from a refurbished guitar. Is it possible it starts with an 81 rather than S1 ? That would make it a 1981

  5. Recently gifted a guitar I believe to be a “lawsuit” (Martin like) guitar with head stock similar to picture above G330 w SN 86010121. Normally a Jan of ’86 121 off the line. Were these Chinese made guitars and what is the view of this guitar relative to sound quality.

  6. I own a Takamine guitar F349 Serial Number 80060905
    Can someone tell me how I figure the date it was made?

  7. I recently acquired a used Takamine GD20 DS. Very nice. The serial number is CC170514253. The label says Japan, but does that serial number tell me anything? Thank you

  8. I just acquired a GS330S and none of pertains to my Guitar?? It says made in Bloomfield CT. with a 9 digit serial number! Can you help in any way to figure out just what I have ???

  9. I have a Takamine which serial number is 91081276. I don?t know which model it is because there?s no label. I can say that that it?s a red burst type D. Could you guess which model is my guitar and it?s estimated price?

  10. Hi

    I have an older model that I bought used probably 30 years ago but am trying to find out more information about it like model number etc. I assume it was built January of 1977 but would like to find out more than that its S/N 77011651. Thanks for your help

    Wyatt

  11. Hello there, I always wanted to have a Takamine ever since I watch Bruce Springsteen with his black Tamine guitar. I don’t know if I purchased an original Takamine. Serial no. 92100451 model is EF341C I don’t see anything that says made in Japan. My understanding from its serial number it was made October of 1992 and the 451th made that month. But can you tell me where it’s made? I paid $450.00

  12. Bought a Tak EG 4400 seven or eight years ago (serial TC10100538 ) from Musicians Friend. It was a return that had been marked down. I love the damn thing but I can’t find any information about it. There is no mention of this particular model on Takamines website.

  13. I have a Goya jumbo guitar but inside it says Takamine serial number 78040702. I was wondering if you could help me out to find more about my guitar.

  14. Hi. I bought my Takamine in 1978 as a 17yo and still have it. The serial number is 78052773 so obviously a May built 1978 guitar and the 2773th instrument that month. It has lost its model sticker and I can’t remember what it is. Is there any way to identify the guitar from the serial number? It’s still in great condition and now has a lovely mellow tone, so will stay with me until I “expire”.

  15. Hello, I have an EG531C with a s/n 1312694 , can you tell me the year it was produced and an estimated value please.
    Thanks,
    Ben

  16. I just bought a takamine on a gamble at a flea market. I can’t find any information on this model. The tag on inside of the sound hoLe says takamine made in japan. Model number is “TW-2” and the serial number on the neck Block is “46.9.25”. I was hoping I scored with the price I talked him down too, but I really don’t know what I have. Please help.

    1. The Japanese use the “Showa” calender (Google it) to date their older instrument (70’s)… 46 = 1971…
      The rest is obvious! The guitar was made September 25, 1971!

    2. Acoustic Takemini G330, made in Japan, serial number 82100628..spruce top, pick guard..Thought we had it figured for 1982 but that doesnt work with the G series? Any ideas about the age of this and what it might be worth? It is in real nice shape.

    1. Again, the first 2 numbers give the year, the next 2 give the month, and the last numbers show its place in the guitars prduced that month. So it was the 421st guitar produced in Decembef of 1997

  17. I have a F340S-F serial number 82101573. The pick up just died. It had the battery holder mounted inside the guitar covering the serial number. Do you know what the F stands for please and is the pick up still available.

    Noel

  18. Hi,
    I have a Takamine CP132 of 2001.
    Serial number : 01051363

    My guitar tech say she was build the May 13 2001. 63th of the serie !!

    It’s true or false ?

    Thx for help
    Arno

  19. I recently purchased a Takamine Guitar Model EG-334SC SERIAL # QKZ347-383
    Can anyone tell me approximately what year this guitar was manufactured?
    Thanks

  20. I have a beautiful Takamine that i cant seem to figure out the exact modle. Its G series with the modle number: EG350C. The serial number is: 06152181. Im extremely confused by this and would greatly appreciate any help

  21. Can someone help me with my takamine guitar,I bought it new a long time ago.Want to know what sort of quality it is classed as, where it was actually made,and what it’s current value is.Also any other information someone might have about it.The serial number is, 83091259.There is also another number stamped on the inside opposite the sound hole, that is,. F340S-LH.

    1. Well, its a left handed F340S, made September 1983. Current value is what someone is willing to pay. Generally $400 USD

  22. Hi earnie hear i bought takamine on the advice of a friend i don’t remember the year mod.# EG530C sn# 1408656 I love this Guitar the sound is wonderful. The Pre.Amp went out cant find a guitar shop that can order me a new one an you help me please earnie.

    1. I assume the 530 has a rectangular preamp that is in the side of the body, rather than the shoulder. You cant replace them, but you can have it rebuilt.

  23. Hi. I just acquired a C-128 classical in nearly pristine condition. The serial number is 74502127. Not sure if the 50 was inverted or not, but if the year is accurate, then this sweet guitar would have been produced the last year before Takamine started shipping worldwide?

  24. Hi, I need a little help. The serial number inside my Takamine is 93091486. There is no model anywhere on the guitar. How do I find the model from the serial number? Thanks

    1. Normally model number you can see through the sound hole. Wonder if the label has come off? May have to find a site or send a pic to Takamine and they may have an answer for you.

  25. I have a Takamine classical guitar Model tg 60 R stamped an the Tak label with serial # on the neck block 46.9.8.
    ny leads would be appreciated.I cannot find any info on this guitar.

  26. Hello,
    I have a Takamine acoustic guitar that I bought new in 1996.
    The Serial Number is 96090750.
    I understand the year, month and sequence number, but no where can I find a Model Number.
    Several people have asked me the Model Number.
    Do you know what it is?
    Thanks,
    Jonathan

  27. I have a Takamine & Co guitar Est 1962, F375S, serial # 74D60385 can’t figure out what the D is for in the serial number.

    Thanks

    Annette

  28. I have a Tan 45c serial number is 06101133
    I think according to your system it was manufactured in October 2006 but not sure of the 1133 as your examples seem to have a zero where the first 1 is,
    Kind regards Andy Spivey UK

  29. Hi, I recently purchased a Takamine TD-27 , I’m trying to decode her serial Number 10201096 , according to the Takamane and this site, 10 indicates 2010 , and the second two digit represents the month of production .. any guess? , I’m not sure if the 20 was inverted or not .. and how can I find out where it was made ?
    Any help appreciated.
    Best Regards. Nami.

  30. Hi, I’m buying a Takamine EF385 serial no top two were 89, so I assumed it was 1989?
    We’re they used solid spruce top or laminated wood and were they made in Japan or in China?
    Thank you very much
    Best regards

  31. I have a 70’s Takamine F360. On the neck block is the number 47.4.10.
    Any ideas on this one? There are no other numbers.
    Thanks…

  32. Aloha,

    Could you tell me a little bit about a takamine I received a long time ago. Serial number 79040902. I’m guessing April 1979. 902 guitar built that month. How do I figure the model number and what’s it is made of.

    Mahalo, sean

  33. I bought a Takemine G334 used in 1998-99 timeframe. Serial number has 8 digits, and starts with 5110…. any idea how I can discern the month and year of manufacture? All I see on the Takemine site is the G334 model is discontinued, and another site says started making in 1994 with no end date, do not know time frame of years this model was made. Can anyone assist?

  34. I have a Japanese made G335 that I believe to be around 40 years old. Serial # 83070826. I’m wondering if this G model predates the China/Korean made guitars and if the serial # has some relevance to it?

  35. I’m trying to date my but the serial number doesn’t seem to follow the convention. The serial number is QJJ087197. It’s a G-Series EG-334SC. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  36. Hi
    A real old takamine 12 string F400 guitar but can’t find the serial number where suggested. Found in an op shop. any ideas?

  37. I have a C132S that was bought I think in the early 80’s by my mother.. Serial number 81121152.. Still in excellent condition.. Getting it re-string… Trying get an idea of it’s value. It’s a right handed guitar..

  38. Please help me date my guitar. I’ve had it for ~30 years.

    30526219 made in Taiwan

    EG 332C

    I’m guessing: built in 1991, 52nd week and 6,219th guitar that month

    Thank you.

  39. i have a TAKAMINE F-340 with date/serial # 47.11.14, this model has a paper label in side with model number, the tuners are open (not enclosed)
    need help identifing the date of this model

  40. Hello, a friend of mine gave me a Jasmine Takamine TS98C-FM made in Korea and I want to find out if it is authentic or fake. I’ve read about serial numbers that they normally 8 digits or more but mine has only 6!? Serial number is 814619. It is fake??

  41. I have a Takamine F303 it has no numbers on the block but has a 6 digit serial number stamped on the Takmine label beginning with 08.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Michael Rabinowitz

    1. Hey Michael,

      Takamine guitars are fantastic! No wonder you are looking for the info on one. Sadly, though I am a staunch advocate of Takamine guitars, I can not specifically help you find what you seek, though I can share a resource that will be indispensable to those on your specific quest: https://www.takamine.com/dating.

      Hope this is of use to you, Michael!!

  42. I found my guitar in the attic 4 years ago and only thought to check the brand and production now.
    My guitar has Jasmine by takamine written on it, model c26s and made in korea
    But the serial number is 135252
    And all the info is in the body of the guitar, below the strings.

  43. Hi!
    I am looking to buy a Takamine tan 16c.
    The serial number is 311460457
    So From what I gathered, it doesnt seem to correspond to any method described sbove to find the date…
    The owner says he aquired it in 2008, and that it was already used.
    So I have figured that it is was made in 2003 or 1993.
    Can you help me out?

  44. I have a Takamine 78012951 (serial number). I understand it was made in January 1978 and was the 2951st one made. What I don’t know is what the model is. Can I tell by the serial number? I can’t find the model on it.

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