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While dating the appearance and disappearance of various models is not always precise, fixing the date of individual instruments has for the most part been a breeze since around 1975 or 1976 when a very logical serial number sequence was implemented. The serial number consists of a letter and six digits. The letter represents the month of manufacture; the next two digits are the year of manufacture: the remaining five digits have an unknown meaning, if any. Thus, a guitar with a serial number H814657 would translate: H=August: 81=1981; 4657=whatever (probably consecutive unit number). By 1988, at least, the initial letter drops off. Note, however, that at least one Ibanez sub-brand, the Maxxas, does not follow this pattern at all.

For the 1990's Ibanez used a slightly different scheme, but one that is easy to decipher and *includes* the model number and country of manufacture. If your 1990's Iceman has a serial number like this - C4802932 then it was made in Korea=(C) (Japan=F) and is a 1994=(4) model year. Once again the "802932" is some kind of sequential unit number most likely. The best news is that the model number is on a decal that is laquered into the back of the headstock so future collectors will not have to guess.

Iceman production 1978 - 1982

MODEL NUMBER ID NUMBER TOTAL PRODUCTION
1 9 7 8
IC100 2662 485
IC1000 --- 20
IC200 2663 277
IC210 2663TC 68
IC250 --- 64
IC300 2665 91
IC400 2665 117
PS10 --- 313
1 9 7 9
IC50 --- 248
IC100 2662 691
IC200 2663 212
IC210 2663TC 47
IC300 2665 46
IC400 2665 54
PS10 --- 674
1 9 8 0
IC50 --- 476
IC100 2662 246
IC200 2663 66
PS10 --- 268
1 9 8 1
IC50BK --- 915
IC50FR --- 140
IC50RB --- 124
IC400CS --- 28
PS10 --- 271
1 9 8 2
IC50RB --- 423
IC400CS --- 252

These figures obtained from JD (Jim Donahue) renown Ibanez expert and current Head of Guitar Design, Quality Control and Parts.

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