Dating yamaha classical guitars
The letters "H" through "P" correspond with January through September, and the letters "X," Y" and "Z" correspond with October, November and December.
Example: hm02316 = the 316th unit made on June 2 of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, or 2001. If you still can’t figure it out, please see Yamaha contact info at the bottom of this page. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1969-1984: ######.
Certain types of Yamaha guitars have a slightly different serial number system.
Yamaha offers a convenient serial number wizard on its website to determine the age of instruments.
With that in mind, we created the NAMM House Sessions.
The first letter indicates the last digit of the year of production. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1985-1986: ######.
The company began as a manufacturer of reed organs but eventually became the world's largest manufacturer of musical instruments. These guitars originally were produced solely in Japan, but over the following 70 years, Yamaha guitars have been made in Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia.