How to date your Caparison by serial number

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How to date your Caparison by serial number

Post by Capari-san » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:26 am

I missed the post a few days ago about how to exactly date your Caparison. As you know, some models don't have a serial number, but most do. Some production models didn't get a serial number (a few years back more common), Custom guitars sometimes have serial numbers, but some don't.

Anyways, here's how to date your Caparison if it has a 7 digit serial number:

Example From my 2006 Horus:

Serial number: 1110328

The first digit "1" is sort of a baseline number. "1" should be the first number in serial number if the guitar was made in 1997 or later. 6 digit serial numbers were usued through the 90's and into the early 2000's.

The next 2 numbers, when looking at a 7 digit serial number, ( 1-11-0328 ) represent the years past 1995. This was the year Caparison first started making guitars. So, 1995 plus 11 years equals 2006. Those two numbers are the real key to figuring out the date of production. Just add those 2 numbers to 1995, and you will arrive at the year your guitar was made.

The last 4 numbers are the total guitars made up to that point in the year. So, my Horus was the 328th guitar made that year.

If you have an old Horus or TAT (Iceberg or Red Sunset serial number stamped on fretboard past 24th fret) it may be from 1995. There are only 6 digits in the serial number. If it is a 1995 model, the first two digits in serial number will read "00" or possibly no serial number. Also, All of those old Icebergs and Sunsets you see have a good chance of being second year models. 1996 will read "01" in the first digits. 1996 was the first year they really started pushing the brand.

For 2007 made guitars: My new TAT custom serial number is 1120657. It was one of the last models finished at the factory in 2007 (December). "12" in serial number is 12 years past 1995. That equals made in 2007 and the 657th guitar produced that year.

You may sometimes also come across a model that was actually made in say, 2006, but wasn't released until 2007. Early production models, Namm Show, Yokohama Instrument Fair display models etc. These may have serial numbers from late in the previous year, even though they are presented as next year models. Sometimes there are factory run overs into the next year.

I hope this makes sense :D . It should help some of you decode the past ;-)
Steve
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Post by mrp5150 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:29 am

Very helpful Steve. Thanks for sharing that. 8)

Too bad I don't have any Caparisons left to check the serial numbers. I wish I would have wrote down the numbers from all my past ones.

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Post by Klesk » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:32 am

My TAT was the 75th Caparison made last year. Cool, thanks for the info

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Post by mrp5150 » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:34 am

I wonder what the first Caparison ever made was? The first one ever sold I mean.

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Post by Capari-san » Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:34 am

Most likely an iris violet horus.

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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:52 am

Thanks Steve, perfect. Sticky initiated 8)

So in 07 they managed to pump out 50+ guitars a month on average, ramping up production :P

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Post by Capari-san » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:16 am

guitarsatbmusic.com.au wrote:Thanks Steve, perfect. Sticky initiated 8)

So in 07 they managed to pump out 50+ guitars a month on average, ramping up production :P

Red Sunset TATII - 010448
Iceberg TAT - 010138
Ola Angelus - Nothing
CJs Horus - Nothing
Nice Shane! Yeah, the 00 and 01 serial numbers are from the super early days 95/96. You have some oldies for sure :D

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Post by guitarsatbmusic » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:17 am

8) Grewwwwwwvy
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Re: How to date your Caparison by serial number

Post by Capari-san » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:26 am

:D

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Post by hermz » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:23 am

Very handy. Thanks Steve. Will be interesting to see exactly when my Caparisons were made.

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Post by Yuengling » Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:28 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Post by harbinger » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:44 pm

Thanks for the helpful info, Steve! :-D

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Post by Guy in Latvia » Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:24 pm

tnx for the info.

my dellingers a 2006 just as i thought. now i need to wait a bit for my TAT to get here...

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Post by John W » Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:48 am

Could this same formula work for older 6 digit serial numbered Caparisons as well? For example, the s/n on my Aurora is 160001, iirc (at work now) Could this be the first guitar made in 2000? If they use the same formula, but change the years to months, could that mean that this is the first Capa made 60 months (5 years) after 1995? Makes me hate to have to part with the Aurora even more.... :(

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Post by Capari-san » Fri Mar 07, 2008 10:03 am

Yes, Works for 6 digit numbers as well. The "6" in your serial number means the guitar was made in 2001.

The second number in serial number, on 6 digit serial number guitars, is the number you use to determine what year guitar was built.
1995 + 6 = 2001.

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