1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Question: Ibanez serial without prefix letter

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman76, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. bassman76


    Apr 15, 2006
    Hello everybody,

    I'm curious about the following:

    I recently bought a 2nd hand Ibanez ATK 300 (black), which I already love to death. I looked at the serial number to date my bass and to figure out where it was made and here is the catch. The serial number of my bass does not contain a prefix letter as appears to be common for Ibanez basses (e.g. F for Japan). The serial number of my bass just reads: 4122194

    I searched the entire internet :), but I cannot not find anything helpfull. Can anybody help me out and tell me where my bass guitar was probably made?

  2. I think that all ATK 300's were made in Korea.

  3. bassman76


    Apr 15, 2006
    From what I could find on several internet-sites, they were made in Japan, Korea and USA, although it is not likely that mine is a USA version.
  4. I believe all the US ones were '400's or above...
    So you can narrow it down to Japan and Korea.
    My 305 says "Made in Korea", so I know where it's from... My 300 (now fretless) has a serial number starting with C... So where was it made?

  5. bassman76


    Apr 15, 2006
    Yours is from Korea (see below, thanks to http://www.ibanezregister.com/)

    Ibanez Factories


    F - Fujigen (Fuji Gen Gakki)
    H - Terada
    I - Iida


    C - Cort
    P - Unknown
    S - Samick
    W-World Factory (new 2005)

    Other Prefixes

    J (Used on JS range)
    LA (used on LA Custom Shop)
    PRT (prototype usually followed by date code, 91--1991)

    But since my bass does not have any prefix letter, I'm rather clueless concerning its origin. So anyone with ideas?
  6. Thanks for the info.
    Apart from Japan or Korea, I got nothin in terms of ideas where it's from. Good luck finding out!
  7. bassman76


    Apr 15, 2006
    No problem! So, is there anyone around who can help me out? :)

Share This Page