What is The Guitar Dater Project?
The Guitar Dater Project aims to provide you with the information hidden in your Guitars' Serial number in plain English. It is a work in progress and is constantly evolving, much of which is due to user feedback.

Taylor and Martin Guitars Added


 We have added support for Taylor and Martin guitars more brands will be added soon.

Gibson, Epiphone and Ibanez Updated


All brands have been updated to use the new code! We will continue to update and innovate using the new serial decoder engine developed in March. Some of the improvements made were:

  • The elimination of future dates
  • The restriction of formats to specific time periods,
  • Validation that dates are real
  • Allowance for multiple matches

Fender and Yamaha Pages Updated!!!


The culmination of three months of work, the Fender and Yamaha pages have been updated. The Fender page now supports all known countries of manufacture as well as the current serial number format. The Yamaha page now supports a vast array of serial number formats documented by Yamaha.


The remaining brands will also be updated over the next few weeks and additional features are also in development.

The Guitardater Project cannot verify the authenticity of ANY Guitar, this site is simply meant as a tool to satisfy the curiosity of guitar enthusiasts. This website possesses NO DATABASE of guitars made by manufactures, instead simple serial code patterns that are available on this site and in the wider guitar community are used. It follows that potential scammers can use this knowledge to try to trick unsuspecting buyers. If you have any doubts as to a guitars’ authenticity please contact the guitar manufacturer before your purchase.