Some models will never be found in the catalogs, that's just the way it is.On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all.1997 - Present - Serial numbers were changed to the F and 7 digits. The last 5 digits continue as a consecutive production run.
An Ibanez serial number can tell you two things, year of manufacture and factory [or country] of manufacture.
the next four numbers are the production number that month (they only produced 9999 pieces each month)..(example) ..
the next five numbers are the production number of the piece for the year ..(example) ..
Based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, Hoshino Gakki were one of the first Japanese musical instrument companies to gain a significant foothold in import guitar sales in the United States and Europe, as well as the first brand of guitars to mass-produce the seven-string guitar and eight-string guitar.
Ibanez manufactures effects, accessories, amps, and instruments in Japan, China, Indonesia and in the USA (at a Los Angeles-based custom shop).