Schecter has a system for serializing their instruments. Each guitar produced by the company is assigned a code. This is used to identify and track the guitar throughout its lifetime. The serial code is typically located on the back of the headstock. But it can also be found on the neck plate or inside the guitar.
And the first two numbers normally represent the production year. For example, a serial code of S1202101 provides us with the factory prefix which is S. The first two digits, would indicate that it was made in 2012.
There are only so many guitar manufacturers in Indonesia. Well, at least the big ones. They use factory codes that are specific to them, for the most part. There are many guitar brands that use these factories. They also have these similar prefixes in their serial numbers.
I have seen this with some other manufacturers. It has helped me to form some assumptions about the Schecter guitars. Plus, the amount of digits in the serial number is also helpful. Here is what I believe to be true about the letters.
There is a manufacturer in Indonesia called World Musical Instruments. They produce guitars for many brands and always use W in their numbers. I believe the Schecter guitars are no different and are made by this company.
If your serial number contains IC, I believe this to be a guitar made by Cort. Being as big of a manufacturer as they are, they have used a few different letters in their codes. These are IC, C, and ICF.
I was able to find out that there is a company called P.T. Wildwood in Korea that makes guitars for Schecter. And so I am quite confident that the W represents this factory. Then we know the next two numbers are the year. And it seems to me that the following two digits are the month. They never seem to go over 12.
Some of the more common serial numbers on Japanese builds contain an S or SA. These guitars might be made in the same factory as ESP instruments. The owner of ESP guitars also owns Schecter. And so this would only make sense. I suspect this factory is in Tokyo.
They may have a few factories in Japan that are specific to their own guitar lines. It would make sense to mark them accordingly. The S probably implies it is a Schecter guitar. Other than that, all we really know is that the first two numbers tell us what year the guitar was made.
Schecter has had some guitars produced in China. But it seems there are not as many produced here as in Indonesia or Korea. Some of the letters I have seen in factory numbers from China-made guitars are L and SK.
Schecter custom shop guitars and early models are what you will find with American serial numbers. These are usually found on the back of the headstock or on the neck plates. It looks like they range quite a bit.
If you are not sure how to go about this, contact a technician to help you. Using a certified Schecter dealer can also be a great way to get your guitar fixed if you need to. So that serial number is pretty important!
This is important as there have been many fakes spotted on the market. In the end, little is known about the serial numbers. Everything I listed above is just a guess, except for the year code. To know for sure, you will need to contact Schecter.
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No instrument may be returned to Schecter Guitar Research without prior authorization. If a return is to be made to Schecter Guitar Research, the customer must first obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#) by phone or email. If the RA# is not clearly marked on the package being returned, it will be refused. Schecter Guitar Research will inspect any returned instrument, and upon approval, and at the sole discretion of Schecter Guitar Research, will replace any part or parts deemed defective. Schecter Guitar Research reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized or available at the time of repair in the event that the original materials are no longer available. The customer is responsible for the cost of shipping the instrument to Schecter Guitar Research; please provide insurance and pack the instrument properly! Schecter Guitar Research will pay the insurance and shipping costs to send the instrument back. Schecter Guitar Research does not offer repair service of any kind other than warranty repair service. If an instrument needs service or maintenance that is not covered under warranty, it should be taken to a qualified guitar repair professional.
The first two numerical digits of the serial number (found on the back of the headstock) will tell you what year the instrument was made. For example, for serial number 0236758, the "02" indicates that the guitar was made in 2002; for serial number W10052743, the "10" indicates that the guitar was made in 2010.
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A Schecter White Cloud electric guitar gifted to a Paisley Park employee. The Schecter Diamond Series Cloud guitar is stamped "Manufactured Exclusively for NPG by Schecter Guitar Research Burbank California USA." Serial number 0218891. The back of the guitar has animal print snaps for a guitar strap. This style of guitar, modeled after the original designed by Dave Rusan and commissioned by Prince, was first made known in the Purple Rain (Warner Bros., 1984) film. Accompanied by a typed, signed letter from Andrew Eastvold, a production assistant at Paisley Park to whom Prince gifted the guitar in fall 2004.
In fact it could be said he jump-started the custom guitar scene. Thanks for the original post and pics. Click to expand.there is no info source on these, but you can ask,, or myself, we do know quite a bit about older schecter guitars. (Im sure they are a few other knowledgeable guys about those years, but I don't know them personally) the ESP years started @87, very nice guitars in their own rights, but not the same league as the van nuys stuff, woods look nice but there must be something about the water content of the woods or something, that makes them a bit more sterile sounding, the later true 'monstertones' pickups contribute to that fact as well, and the hardware was definitely sub par compared to van nuys, being made out of gold plated metal instead of solid brass. In 92 a fellow GIT student had one made at Sunset Custom in LA (Esp/Schecter), and it certainly looked great, sounded good, but no match to my (then) only VN, I did score a few sets of monstertone pickups from Sunset Custom when they had a blow out sale a few years later PS: I like your old VN, nice white guard ( rare!), and killer body (Koa?)! 2b1af7f3a8