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Another good way to tell if your Kramer is an overseas made model isif it is made out of plywood or composite wood.Also, if your Kramer has "non-name"pickups or "Designed by Seymour Duncan" pickups, it is an overseas model.A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped onthe heel area.In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization methodthat is in practice today.
Furthermore, the Gorky Park special editionmodel is also an overseas made guitar.
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.
These instruments are the only ones that correspond to the standard post-1977 Gibson serialization.
Like Gibson numbers, there are 8 digits in the completenumber, and follows the code of YDDDYNNN. DDD indicates the day of the year (so DDD can't be above 365), and the NNN indicates the instrument's production ranking for that day (NNN = 021 = 21st guitar built).
Information on Japanese and Mexican-made instruments is included towards the bottom.