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AP515
02-02-2013, 09:28 AM
The McCarty help thread reminded me of a small issue I have with the year ID list provided by PRS.




Year Identification / Serial Numbers Excerpt from The PRS Guitars Book, written by Dave Burrluck Serial Number Year-Code Prefix All guitars and basses have serial numbers which start with a year prefix. The prefix is the last one or two digits of the production year, and it applies to all models below.


CE Models

Approximate Serial Numbers
Year


7 0001 0270
1988



I know it does say approximate, but in my case this early CE serial number is off by 217 guitars! I have a 1st year CE with the serial number starting with an 8 for the year, then the 7 to designate the CE, and then 0487. I know they didn't keep a lot of records early on, and a lot of this table was done by memory, but is my guitar enough to change this listing? It is pretty clear it is an 88, but I just wonder if PRS is interested in getting more accurate records by using the serial numbers of members guitars.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii126/Pecospup/88backofheadstock.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii126/Pecospup/88CEheadstock.jpg