Regarding Washburn serial numbers - anybody have any evidence or theories that the two numbers following the production year number/s represents the month of production? I know Epiphone has done that at times with their guitars produced in plants in China & ROK. I only ask since I have a HB-35 with s/n SK0007XXXX. Using what we know, the s/n indicates my HB-35 was produced in 2000 @ Samick, ROK which is OK. Having some experience with production of high value items with serial numbers, manufactures use serial numbers to encode useful/needed information (usually related to quality assurance issues). Taking the remaining numbers from my guitar, they could indicate 1)it was produced in July of 2000 and the remaining four digits represnt its actual production number for the month, or 2) the last six digits could indicate somebody though the Samick plant was capable of producing up to 999,999 guitars in a year (83,333/month or 3788/day in a 22 day work month). Knowing it would be a lot easier & faster to located when a bath of defective guitars was made if the serial number clearly showed factory/yr/mo data (as oppposed to searching through factory production records) it just seems to make sense to me. Only problem is I have no idea of the scale of production of some of these Asian manufacturing plants. Anybody have any ideas or comments on any of this?
By the Way - if anybody cares I'm living in San Diego and have the day off today for a Snow Day - serious (I work up in the mountains east of San Diego - 3500')!