Here is the breakdown courtesy of Ibanez Collectors World.Until 1977 Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (2=1972, 3=1973, etc.) 3rd character indicates the month of production (0=January, 1=February, ...There are many variables of numbering through these years and between different models and are broken down into 3 categories, stickers, plates, and the impressed numbers that follow the old school style detailed above.- Guitars built in Japan between these years will have a serial number beginning with F followed by 6 numbers.Our electric guitar product line has expanded in recent years to accomodate those who aspire to owning a classic brand but at an affordable price.We have achieved this through our CT ('Contemporary') line of instruments, built using classic Höfner design and quality but offered at a price point that enables everyone to experience the thrill of playing a Höfner guitar.F is the production factory which stands for Fujigen.
We employ traditional methods together with cutting edge technology in order to produce world class instruments and set ourselves extremely high quality standards.Yes we have machinery, but we design and build most of that ourselves.We are proud that everyone at Höfner knows one another, that we all work together, we all solve problems together and we develop our products together.Our electric guitars are used by some of the most discerning professional players who demand quality, tone and playability.Our Violin Bass has become one of the world's iconic guitars and remains, after 60 years, as the preferred bass guitar for many, from those starting out to seasoned professionals.9=October, .=November, X=December) 4th and 5th character is the day of production (01 to 31) Although guitars already had serials from 1975, between 19 they used a 6 character serial on pickups: 1st character is a production code (1,2,3, etc., maybe related to different production location) 2nd character indicates the year of production (7=1977, 0=1980, 1=1981, etc.) 3rd and 4th character indicates the month of production (01=January, ...12=December) 5th and 6th character is the day of production (01 to 31) , This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock.This form of serial numbering is still used today on guitars where the number is impressed into the back of the headstock.A761356 - The 1356th guitar produced in January '76 - These serial numbers will either be on the neck plate or on a serial sticker affixed to the back of the headstock, with some models still following the impressed old school serial numbers shown above.;) This page is for dating Ibanez guitars built in Japan only.See the Factories heading a few paragraphs down for little info on guitars produced elsewhere.