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Expert: Johnny Genocide - 4/9/2008 Question QUESTION: Johnny, I've got a Hondo Formula I BC Rich Bitch-style guitar that I bought used, probably 20 years ago. Rich in 1974, a system of serial number coding began using a 5-digit code (XXYYY) with the first 2 digits indicating the year and the last 3 indicating the production number.

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Seems that having it a long time and the preamp aren't reasons enough to keep it, are they? With production growing rapidly by 1980, the serial numbers had gotten about two to three years ahead. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.

For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.

Although neck-through production never surpassed approximately 2200 guitars a year, as the '80s progressed, the serial numbers continued to get ahead of the actual year. These do not follow the same XXYYY dating scheme as the neck thru models.

If a guitar has a number of 89321, for example, it was probably built in 1987, but it could have been assembled a bit earlier or later than 1987. The serial numbers are a bit hard to date because there was no uniform way they were assigned a number at Bernie's original shop.

If it is a USA model, it will say "Made In The USA" on the headstock just below or beside the B. The neck plates were pre-stamped and pulled out of a box at random when it was time to install the neck onto the guitar or bass. Rich instruments and also used the "BCXXXXX" numbering scheme as well as "RXXXXXX" for its imported models.

The Bolt On guitars serial numbers started with "BC" followed by five digits (BCXXXXX). Class Axe did make some USA instruments of very good quality.

Once again, the guitar will indicate that it was made in the USA by the "Made In The USA" stamp on the headstock.

These will also have a small "TM" next to the script logo.

As far as the Danelectro, most of them rely on the neck to be taken care of. I am a big fan of these guitars and have never had an issue with a warped neck so they're doing something right.

Thanks for writing and you can reach me at [email protected] further questions. Johnny The USA bolt on guitars never followed the same serial number sequence as the neck thru models, which were numbered using the (YYXXX) format with the first two digits being the year, and the last three digits being the production number.

Also, keep in mind on the 2+3 (five digit) serial numbers, they got out of sequence in the early to mid 80's.

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