Dating prs with serial number
"Unfortunately the factories at ESP Japan have not kept a consistent and sensible serial number tracking system in place over the years. you may still come across the occasional serial number that may conflict with, or doesn't fall under any of the listed categories.
For this we apologize, and we are working to maintain a more consistent system going forward.
Up until the mass production and CNC manufactured models of 1995 I was recommending PRS guitars to everyone.
The absolute best thing that Paul ever did was to bring the perceived price of an electric guitar up to the level where a consumer would actually consider buying a custom made instrument.
They were raving about this unknown builder making guitars in his attic.
They were so enthusiastic that I simply could not ignore them.
The PRE-2015 system doesn't apply to early ESP's, some of which had no serial number tracking system at all and used random numbers. It all began a few years ago with the EU and a thing called the Ro HS (Regulation of Hazardous Materials) and Gotoh in Japan basically changed their production to ensure they didn’t lose the European market, and that being manufacturers who shipped to Europe, which is most everyone.
They changed pretty much everything for the “export” market, and export to most makers means anything but US. They have a way of producing black again now so expect it to all go back to the way most of us prefer over of old esp's does not have any serial on the back of the headstock.
Paul Reed Smith has done more for the high end guitar market than any other person alive.my name is Maxine, 33 years old from Webster: My favorite movie "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" and favorite book about sex "Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus".