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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2017-08-19 8:30 PM (#537131)
Subject: Prototype serial number ?



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Hey guys does anyone know if the serial numbers for prototypes follow the same list as production models.
I found a guitar for sale that says "14 fret 12 st proto" serial number 040881 and I'm trying figure out the year it would have been made,it looks like a custom balladeer to me.


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bobfrith
Posted 2017-08-19 11:10 PM (#537132 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?


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Prototype guitars almost always have a Kaman label instead of an Ovation label, but some have a regular label with the word "Proto" or "Prototype". On prototypes the serial number is the date of manufacture.

So, in this case, the date of manufacture was 04/08/81.

Edited by bobfrith 2017-08-19 11:14 PM
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Beal
Posted 2017-08-20 3:11 AM (#537133 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?



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That's right
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ProfessorBB
Posted 2017-08-20 9:03 AM (#537137 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?



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The early 80's seemed to be a good time for prototypes leaking out of the factory. I have two.
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2wheeldrummer
Posted 2017-08-20 10:42 AM (#537140 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?



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Thank guys,
The label says "special guitar by"
Kaman
Music
Group
So the serial number is the manufacture date which makes sense because 1981 would be about the right time for the first 14 fret 12 strings.


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Love O Fair
Posted 2017-08-20 9:04 PM (#537144 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?



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Are you going to buy it?? Love to see a picture of it if you buy it. I have a Custom Balladeer from early '81, but it certainly isn't a prototype.

Edited by Love O Fair 2017-08-20 9:06 PM
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alpep
Posted 2017-08-21 1:16 PM (#537152 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?


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Prototypes usually use a date as the s/n
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alpep
Posted 2017-08-21 1:16 PM (#537153 - in reply to #537131)
Subject: Re: Prototype serial number ?


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Prototypes usually use a date as the s/n
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