Dating your taylor guitar
9-Digit Serial Numbers From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that pinpoints when work began on that guitar, along with its series and production position.
See the explanation for serial number 980311301 below: 980311301 First two digits indicate the year - 98 (1998) 980311301 3rd & 4th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March) 980311301 5th & 6th digit indicate the day - 11 (the 11th) 980311301 7th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 through Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for a T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for Solid Body Series. 980311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence.
The first two digits represent the number of years from 1962 (1962 51 = 2013). The last four is the sequential number from all guitars made that month.
The first letter indicates the last digit of the year of production. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1985-1986: ######. The following two digits denote the month, and the remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.For example, serial number 46090002 indicates a guitar built in 2008 (1962 plus 46 years), in September of that year (09), and that it was the second guitar made that month (0002).(Their numbering system began with “H” for 1.) The second letter indicates the month. The first two numbers indicate the day of the month.
Similarly, serial number 49110033 indicates the 33rd guitar made during November 2011.