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Based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Hoshino Gakki were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe, as well as the first brand of guitars to mass-produce the seven-string guitar and eight-string guitar.
Ibanez manufactures effects, accessories, amps, and instruments in Japan, China, Indonesia and in the United States (at a Los Angeles-based custom shop).
While dating the appearance and disappearance of various models is not always precise, fixing the date of individual instruments has for the most part been a breeze since around 1975 or 1976 when a very logical serial number sequence was implemented.I ask you how will someone be able to tell the difference between a 1988 guitar and a 1998 guitar in years to come. I mean it's simple for us today to tell the difference between a 1988 guitar and a 1998 guitar but what will they do in the year 2034 when the want to try to date an Ibanez guitar. Here you can discuss ibanez, guitars, ibanez guitars, basses, acoustics, acoustic, mandolins, electric guitar, electric bass, amplifiers, effect pedals, tuners, picks, pickups.I recently picked up a SA160, metallic grape with a SN WZ 01928.By the Chinese code this would mean December of 01 but this clearly states Korea on the headstock.