First off let me say that there seems to be no way to figure out the date of a Carvin instrument by the serial number. I think that they are numbered sequentially or something. So I contacted Carvin with my serial number asking for date information on my bass. They responded back with the month, year, and DAY my bass was built along with a description (I never told them about my bass) and even the price that they sold it for! Those guys are good!