Prs guitars serial dating
During these six years of production, close to 80 different variations were offered and the best way to get a proper overview of this bunch, is to categorize them.
Below is how Jackson Charvel defined the series back then.
Here’s the four general steps that the body will take, from the roughest forming to the final CNC cutting (watch video). The steps a neck goes through, from the 12 quarter rough cut (a piece of wood that’s 12/4 inches thick-as in 12-fourths or 3-1/2 inches) to final forming.
Since the neck needs to relax each time wood is removed, the process takes four or five days. And then the bodies are sanded, cleared and buffed. If any imperfections are noted, it’s sent back for more buffing. PRS manufactures their Core pickups in-house, just a few yards away from where they’ll be installed. The electronics and strings can finally be adjusted.
The 1986-1991 Charvel imports were the very first Charvel imports and they have become legendary due to their build quality vs. The guitars have proven themselves to be a fantastic alternative to the higher priced American made Jacksons and Charvels and having played both, you probably realize how great these vintage Japanese guitars really are.
Get all the details on the Charvel import guitars by also reading the Jackson Professional History article. A Japanese Chushin Gakki worker at the Charvel assembly line, installing hardware on a 1986 Charvel Model 2, 3 or 3A (confirmed by the Kahler™ Fulcrum tremolo and white dot rosewood fingerboard).
La mayoría de las veces un determinado año, país, o hasta la planta de montaje determinan su valor y orientan al luthier sobre materiales, técnicas y acabados de un instrumento en concreto. Aquí puedes encontrar algunos enlaces para conocer el lugar y fecha de nacimiento de tu guitarra o bajo.
Clicking the links will take you to the relevant catalogue scan.
The Charvette Series guitars were initially not in scope for this article, due to mainly being built in Korea, but I have included all the Charvel categories for the sake of completeness.
In this way when you call Jackson to check out the guitar you will find that all the colors and numbers match.
Theoretically you could buy a perfect copy right down to the serial # and color. I have purposely stayed away from the old San Dimas Charvel guitars because I knew that someday this would come out and every one of them will come under suspicion.
I am not sure of this but I do remember getting 1992 guitars delivered in 1993 etc. 1991 -- PRS stopped offering Brazilian rosewood fingerboards.