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In August, move into 25,000-square-foot plant in El Cajon, California; guitar #16250 (a 712) is a “transitional” instrument (built in Santee plant, strung-up in the new El Cajon facility); 400 series ending number: 3152.Introduce Grand Auditorium body style on 20th Anniversary, limited-edition models; in May, begin sanding all fingerboards on the new Fadal sander; publish premiere issue (Summer) of quarterly newsletter, Introduce Limited Edition Grand Auditoriums (GAs); create Pallet Guitar; introduce Taylor acoustic bass; in February, begin using ultraviolet (UV) finish on all Taylor guitars (see “The Finish Line: What UV Means to You” on the Details/Tech-Sheets page).For models older than 1993, please refer to the chart below.4-Digit Serial Numbers When the 410 was introduced in 1991 it was given a unique serial numbering.Employees Bob Taylor, Kurt Listug, and Steve Schemmer purchase the American Dream Musical Instrument Manufacturing shop in Lemon Grove, California, and change the name to Taylor Guitars; all rosewood used is Brazilian.
The change occurred as part of a transition to a new software system that was implemented to improve the company’s inventory management.
Other than the first four digits noting the year, it's decoded the same as the 9-digit serial numbers.
See the explanation for serial number 20070311301 below: 20070311301 First four digits indicate the year - 2007 20070311301 5th & 6th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March) 20070311301 7th & 8th digits indicate the day - 11 (the 11th) 20070311301 9th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 thru Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for Solid Body Series. 20070311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence. Record keeping in the early days was spotty and it's uncertain which guitar is actually the first one, but these two were built within the first few months of Taylor Guitars production.
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Our numbering system was a little less sophisticated in the early days, and we didn’t adhere to an actual production “schedule” until 1987.