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Welcome to Rickenbacker's serial number decoder page.
Rickenbacker serial numbers have been issued in a number of formats.
See the explanation below: 1107064001 First digit indicates where it was made.
(1 = El Cajon, California, USA; 2 = Tecate, Baja California, Mexico) 1107064001 2nd & 7th digits indicate the two-digit year - '14 (2014) 1107064001 3rd & 4th digits indicate the two-digit month - 07 (July) 1107064001 5th & 6th digits indicate the day - 06 (the 6th) 1107064001 Last three numbers indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence.
If your serial number has 2 lines of numbers please enter only the bottom row to the lookup form below. In the event you are presented with multiple dates your serial number may be a duplicate. *If you have any issues using the search bar below, let us know here.
The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models.
11-Digit Serial Numbers January 2000 - October 2009, the serial number expanded from 9 to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation.
Other than the first four digits noting the year, it's decoded the same as the 9-digit serial numbers.
Example: D12345 Based on the first letter, D, this instrument was built in 1987.The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model After the year prefix, these models use a code digit of "4", indicating a bolt-on neck bass.