Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. The only way to date these guitars is to find out what years they were available and then comparing all the minute details like scripts, contours, and inlay variances that only the hardcore vintage gurus know., This old style serial number will either be on the neck plate or impressed into the back of the headstock.
In the 1960s Japanese guitar makers started to mainly copy American guitar designs and Ibanez branded copies of Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker models started to appear.
Some sources say the practice started in September 1975, but serial numbers indicating production as early as October 1974 have been spotted.
The serial numbers are generally a character string containing letters and numbers, although some are purely numeric.
It applies primarily to electric guitars, but some information may also be applicable to acoustics.
Serial numbers on Ibanez guitars can generally be found in one of several locations: The first step in deciphering the serial number is determining the country or facility in which the guitar was produced.