Note that the configuration of the models changes slightly during this 5 year period; especially the tremolos gets swapped around.
You should also know that the original catalogues sometimes contains errors, like wrong tremolo or wrong number of frets listed.
I read recently that the first two numbers are the year, but this seems wrong to me at least sometimes. is a a statement about goya made hagstrom from 1959-61 on this page: following site is running a registry so you might be able to match your serial with a time period..deduce a coding system...
tia WAB There are a lot of Hagstrom resources available but I must confess it is difficult to find a statement about dating: see links at the top of this page for more...
The serial number is generally found on the neck plate on bolt-on neck models and on the fingerboard of the last fret on neck-through-body model guitars, and the manufacturing product date and manufacturer location are based upon the serial number.
The product dating reference chart is available under the Support tab from Jackson
Made in Japan at the Chushin Gakki factory is special info • For pop-up picture, hover your mouse over the model name. Price is list price when the model was introduced • Pc is Pickup configuration • QS = Quartersawn Refer to this list The Concept series used 7-digit serials, where the first two digits denotes the year of manufacture.
The series were available in 1994 but some were built already in 1993, thus having "93xxxxx" serials.
These guitars are made to the same exacting Jackson standards and with he same hardware, woods and electronics that have made Jackson the most sought-after guitars and basses in the world.All Jackson USA guitars features quartersawn necks, but also some of the old Japanese made Charvels and Jacksons features quartersawn necks.Which Japanese ones, can be found in the guitar lists here on Does anyone please have access to the Hagstrom book that is referred to in this forum, and would you mind terribly if I asked if you would kindly be able to look it up for me.I hope this is not an inapproriate request, I realise that everyone is very busy, but this has been one of my favourite accoustics for almost 40 years, and I would like to know a little more about its origin.The list covers the period from 1990 thru 1995 and info is added continuously.Every guitar with The models in the chart below, can be found in more than one guitar catalogue, so be sure to check out all Jackson catalogues from 1990 thru 1995, to get the full picture.When Jackson introduced this series of guitars in 1990, there were only Pro models. Take a look at this catalog index from the introduction in 1990: Index of the 1990 catalogue. But Pro are the top-of-the-line expensive guitars, remember? But maybe it's all a deliberate marketing trick by Jackson, making us think that Professional's are all the same. It says Professional on the headstock under the clearcoat. These are the ones you want to hunt down on e Bay, but expect to pay good money for them.Every guitar from the Professional series were Pros. According to Jackson, the "Pro series" consists of 8 guitars. But they all carry the same expensive features described earlier. I have made my own (photoshopped) 1990 Index to show you how I think it should have been. But when Jackson use the terms inconsistantly, it becomes confusing. In catalogs, Jackson refers to it as a Pro series, because they can't be bothered writing the whole name (like they do on the headstock). Most of the other Professional series models are killer axes too - I am only pointing out, that the Pro's are the closest match for a USA made Jackson from the same period of time and deserves to be recognized as such.Charvel imports 1986-91 Jackson Professional Series Jackson Pro Confusion Jackson Rhoads Pro/Ex/Std Grover Jackson Doug Aldrich Charvel 750 XL Jackson Stars Jackson Custom Shop Log Birth of Caparison Guitars The Golden Years of Jackson imports My interpretation Root cause of the confusion Cheaper models benefits from Pro label Blank truss rod cover? It is quite useful to know exactly which guitars we're talking about here, so you can spot the Pro's in the crowd. suddenly appeared on the truss rod covers of the Pro guitars.Professional = not USA made REFERENCE CHART — Jackson 1990-95 The Japanese Jackson Pro models introduced in 1990 and terminated in 1995, are some of the best imports ever to be released under the Jackson brand. Everywhere you look, be it on e Bay or Internet forums, the mixup between "Professional" and "Pro" is present and almost the norm. They have expensive and sound-enhancing features like quartersawn necks, bound ebony fingerboards and German made Schaller tremolos (if not a string-thru). Jackson's presentation on the other hand, was a bit more blurry and later caused a widespread confusion about the labels Pro and Professional - a confusion that still exist today. Helpful and confusing at the same time, because where does that leave the first batch of Pro guitars (90-91), which had blank truss rod covers? The Japanese made Pro guitars, are the guitars that are known to equal the USA Jacksons in terms of build quality, features and workmanship.