Dating by serialnumber

 

 

Vantage Dating and Serialnumbers


 

VANTAGE serial numbers (electric guitars/basses)

1978?/79:
V-100 model: “V-100”-sticker, no serial

1979 models:
VLP Spirit: six digit ser.nos. 05xxxx

Vantage Standard – VS: five digit ser.nos. 6xxxx

Vantage Performer – VP: five digit ser.nos. 7xxxx
700vp
700VP

Vantage Artist – VA: five digit ser.nos. 8xxxx
va-800
VA-800

Ghost (VP-750):
no or hard to read serial number.
1979 models: 4 digit serial number.

1979/1980 (until 4/80):
6 digit serial numbers: 0xxxxx

1980 (April) – 1984 (June?):
7 digit serial numbers
First digit = year of production (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984)
Digits 2 + 3 = month of production
vs-650
VS-650
0040415 = 1980 – April – 0415

1980/81:
VA-900 series: 6 digits:
First digit (0 or 1) = year
Digts 2+3 month
va-900
VA-900
006108 = 1980 – June – 108

7 digit # for late ’81 models

1981/82:
“Special” series of VP and VA models: five digit ser.nos: 71xxx or 72xxx(VP), 81xxx or 82xxx(VA) (following the number system of their ’79/ ’80 predecessors)

1984 – 1988:
Letter prefix serial numbers:
(A-L)xxxxxx: letter=month
– A=January
– B=February
– C=March
– D=April
– E-May
– F=June
– G=July
– H=August
– I=September
– J=October
– K=November
– L=December
First digit=year of production (unconfirmed!)
33b-xf
33B-XF
J500338 = October – 1985 – 00338

1990 – 1998 (Samick models):