Year Identification / Serial Numbers

Serial Number Prefix Digit -Year Codes

The first digit is the last number of the production year, followed by the sequential number of guitars produced to that date. For example - 6 2557 would be a guitar manufactured in 1986 and was the 2,557th set-in neck guitar made while 6 29584 would be a guitar manufactured in 1996 and was the 29,584th set-in neck guitar made.

Prefix Number Year or Years
0 1990 2000
1 1991 2001
2 1992 2002
3 1993 2003
4 1994 2004
5 1995 2005
6 1996 2006
7 1997  
8 1998  
9 1999  

Set-Neck Sequential Serial Numbers

The year of manufacture of any set-in neck PRS Guitar can be determined by the serial number located on the back of the headstock. The series of numbers that follow the year prefix is the sequential number of guitars produced to that date.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
0001 0400 1985
0401 1700 1986
1701 3500 1987
3501 5400 1988
5401 7600 1989
7601 10100 1990
10101 12600 1991
12601 15000 1992
15001 17900 1993
17901 20900 1994
20901 24600 1995
24601 29500 1996
29501 34600 1997
34601 39100 1998
39101 44499 1999
44500 52199 2000
52200 62199 2001
62200 72353 2002
72354 82254 2003
82255 92555 2004
92556 103103 2005
103104 2006

CE Models: Sequential Serial Numbers

The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the CE bolt-on neck models however the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar. The following number determines the model: 7 or CE for the Classic Electric models, then the sequential number for that particular model.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
0001 0270 1988
0271 1830 1989
1831 3200 1990
3201 4540 1991
4541 7090 1992
7091 8820 1993
8821 10700 1994
10701 13000 1995
13001 14680 1996
14681 17130 1997
17131 19580 1998
19581 20749 1999
20750 21599 2000
21600 23199 2001
23200 25389 2002
25390 26399 2003
26400 27900 2004
27901 29377 2005
29378 2006

EG Models: Sequential Serial Numbers

The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models. Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar. The following number determines the model: 5 or EG for the EG models, then the sequential number for that particular model.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
0001 0920 1990
0921 1290 1991
1291 2070 1992
2071 2870 1993
2871 3190 1994
3191 - 3300 1995

Swamp Ash Special Models: Sequential Serial Numbers

The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the Swamp Ash Special. Like the CE and EG models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar. The following number determines the model: 8 or SA for the Swamp Ash Special, then the sequential number for that particular model * the first 200 Swamp Ash Specials were given a CE serial number.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
00001 00410 1997
00411 00760 1998
00761 00969 1999
00970 01179 2000
01180 01399 2001
01400 01899 2002
01900 02099 2003
02100 02287 2004
02288 2005

Bolt-On Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

The PRS Bass models produced between 1986 and 1991 will be numbered with the year as the first number, followed by the prefix 4 indicating a bolt-on neck model bass, then the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the neck plate on the back of the bass.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
0001 0030 1989
0031 0140 1990
0141 0200 1991

Set-Neck Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

The PRS Bass models produced between 1986 and 1991 will be numbered with the year as the first number, followed by the prefix 9 indicating a set-neck model bass, then the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the back of the headstock.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
0001 0230 1986/87
0231 0350 1988
0351 0680 1989
0681 0730 1990
0731 0800 1991

Electric Bass: Sequential Serial Numbers

The PRS Electric Bass models introduced in 2000 will also be numbered with the year as the first number, followed by the prefix EB indicating Electric Bass, then the sequential number for that particular model. The serial number will be located on the back of the headstock.

Approximate Serial Numbers Year
00007 00072 2000
00073 00199 2001
00200 00422 2002
00423 00501 2003
00502 2004

SE Model Serial Numbers

The SE line of guitars manufacture year can be determined by the letter prefix prior to the sequence of numbers that follow. The Serial number on SE model guitars can be found on the back of the headstock.

Prefix Letter Year
A 2000
B 2001
C 2002
D 2003
E 2004
F 2005
G 2006

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