Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.Japanese-built Takamine Pro Series guitars can be reliably dated from the eight-digit serial numbers typically found at the neck block inside the instruments.
The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month.The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.213=unit number; and that last letter is an internal code. (That first letter is an “oh” not a zero.) The first letter is the year; O=1998. The three numbers are the unit number; this started over each month at 500, so unit number 21. Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 1999: Letter-letter-###, like so: PM222. The first two letters are the year; Q=0 and I=2, so 2002. Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1997-2003: Letter-letter-###, like so: NK333. In mid/late 2012, US distributed Japanese-built guitars switched to the year designation that guitars distributed in Japan use.
See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.
The next letter (3rd position) is the month; in this case M=June (see chart.) The final three numbers are the unit number. the letter (3rd position) is the month; March (see chart.) The final four numbers are the unit number; 13.
The first letter is an internal code (both I and S were used).
Example: hm02316 = the 316th unit made on June 2 of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, or 2001. If you still can’t figure it out, please see Yamaha contact info at the bottom of this page. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1969-1984: ######.
Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1966-1985: 001-1042 in sequence Custom Shop, Made in Japan, 1986-1990: Letter-####, like so: J7012.
The first two numbers indicate the day of the month.