IF you have EMG pickups, they had a dating scheme in the 80’s and 90’s that was very easy to use.  And it may help you in tracking down just when your guitar, or at least the pickups were made.

It’s alpha code for the year of manufacture.
A=1
B=2
C=3
D=4
E=5
F=6
G=7
H=8
I=9
So, for instance one of my guitars, my Standard Pro 0202, has IA, which is 1991 – seen below
For example IE is 1995
IB – 1992, etc

They quit doing that I believe in ~2000 and since put dates like 1/12/07 – I asked EMG directly when I ordered a set from them (thru a dealer but I called them to give specs)

Hopefully this may help in figuring out what year your guitar was made, or at least the pickups.  And obviously anything without alpha codes is a way later model, not an Original Pre/Samick, Pre/Gibson, or it could be an original with “updated” pickups.

6 Thoughts on “This may help with dating your guitar…if it has EMG’s”

  • Hi… i just got a rex rose model. I learned comstock built it.. can you tell me any history on it .. thanks you for your time…
    Rick. 971-212-3309………has emg pickup

  • Hello, my valley arts have VA 0337 s/n on the back of the headstock. Seems to hv 2 EMG pickups with humbuckernon the bridge, single coil on the neck, and nothing in the middle.
    Gold hardware with floyd rose trem. Can u pls help identify the guitar type and year?
    Many thanks in advance.

  • Have a valley arts serial #0110. Theres no logo on the neck stock but on the plate joining the neck.Im trying to figure out hey my VA is different to the others I’ve search for on the net and various other sites can’t seem to f8nd my look alike. Can u help. Cheers

    • I’d advise you to send pictures to Martin – he’s listed on the Contact Us page – he’s forgotten more about these guitars than I have learned.

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