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I can't believe there isn't a comprehensive, and organized, record of guitar production from Yamaha and its subs. I'd bet that company's bean-counters sure kept a journal.
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03-06-2009 03:04 AM
I just picked up a vintage FG 75, and i am having a tough time figuring out when it was made. I've read where they were manufactured from 1968 thru 1974. I've read about red labels, tan labels, and how production was shifted to Taiwan in 1972 and red labels were changed to tan. I've also read where some red labels weren't made in Japan, but in Taiwan. Okay, here is something I haven't been able to find info about. My guitar has a tan label, and it says "Nippon Gakki", and it also says "made in Japan". Also, as far as the serial number inside the sound hole, the number is only 5 digits. The guitar looks like all the other FG 75's i've seen (online photos), and when I got it it was covered in a layer of dust. I cleaned it up, and amazingly it looks like it has hardly ever been played, darn near perfect shape, action is low, even the pickguard looks nearly new. The guitar itself sounds great, just like in the reviews. Anyhow, I really do love this little guitar, and am curious to find out more about it. Thanks
03-06-2009 03:12 AM
Where exactly in the soundhole did you get the serial number? My 1974 has two numbers in there. One stamped on the top brace that is right under the end of the bottom of the fingerboard adjacent to the sound hole. But there is another serial-looking number stamped onto the neck block which is the square chunk of wood with chamfered edges that is further down (2") under the neck area. That second number is very visable and I have seen it mistaken for the serial number. It is only 7 digits in my guitar whereas the actual serial number up on the top brace is the usual 8 digit.
04-17-2009 03:41 PM
Thanks for the information. I got one of these in a trade 2 days ago. It has a tan label with the same Nippon Gakki - made in Japan info as yours. Serial number: 41008.
I have the same guitar, same lable . Bought mine new 1971 mine has a serial # 40924 Yamaha service could not look up serial number. M.S.R.P. 109.50 / Top laminated spruce / Back & sides Agithis / Neck Nato / Fingerboard Indian rosewood / made fron 1968-1974 the lable reads : Yamaha FG-75 Nippon Gakki , LTD 10.1 Nakazawacho Hamamatsu Japan Made in Japan Hamamatsu is a city in Japan / its where the Yamaha custom shop is located. Nippon Gakki is the company The sought after lables are the onesthat clearly state the guitar was built in Japan . The color is not the important factor! Some red lables were not built in Japan.
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So my 41008 serial number places this guitar as being built in 1968? Wow, that makes it 41 years old. It's in very good condition for being that old. I don't think I will feel comfortable using it as a beater guitar as I planned. It sounds pretty good and has a straight neck with a solid neck joint. The frets have some wear but it plays buzz free. I think I may look at trading it for a newer FG (solid top).....
The FG75 was a student-sized guitar first introduced in the late 60's. Serial system A6 used from 1946 to 1968 was purely sequential and was composed of 5 digits. Serial system A7, used from 1969 to 1984 for guitars from the Tenryu/Wada factory used a 6 digit system = YYMMXX where XX is the unit number. Serial system A9, used from 1971-2001 for guitars from Taiwan used an 8 digit system = YMMDDXXX where XXX is the unit number.
04-17-2009 06:33 PM
It's 5 digits so the serial system is A6 which uses no date codes. Yours is guitar number 41,008 from the time that they started putting serial numbers in 1946 (for the Japan factory, not the Japan custom workshop). What you can be certain is that it was made before or in 1968. I pulled this info from the appendix of "The History of Yamaha Guitars". It explains how to decode all the serials. Unfortunately, it doesn't state the specific year that the FG-75 was released.
So my 41008 serial number places this guitar as being built in 1968?
04-17-2009 06:43 PM
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