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PostPosted: Fri 03 Jul 2020 06:29 PM 
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Hello.

I got a pre owned Aria W-40. My friend brought it from Japan along with other varied stuff inside his container van. This item has serial number patched inside the body. #416052.

When i checked under its truss bolt, there is also a number, 78010. Can you please tell me what these numbers mean?

Also, can the serial number be traced? The year it was produced?

Thanks a lot!


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PostPosted: Sat 04 Jul 2020 03:16 PM 
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Hi and welcome.

Without pictures it's hard to make a guess but Matsumoku made a guitar with the same model number under the Westone label:
http://www.westoneguitars.net/guitars/w-40-acoustic/
Does yours look anything like that one?

A 6 digit number usually means the first digit is the year which would possibly make it 1984, but that's not definite, it could be as old as 1974, that's why pictures would help. :wink:

7 digit numbers are more accurate but they came into use sometime late in 1984 with the next 2 digits showing the month.

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PostPosted: Sat 04 Jul 2020 09:19 PM 
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I cannot upload pics. It keeps saying files are too big and i dont have a converter on my phone. Ill upload later. Anyway, Here is the w-40 i uploaded on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/it ... 248966059/


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PostPosted: Sun 05 Jul 2020 08:29 PM 
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(You will not be able to upload pictures here.
Instead please copy and paste a direct link to them using the URL option in the menu bar.
Unfortunately, a recent database crash also makes it impossible to display thumbnails either.)

That is a beautiful guitar. Not much wear either.
When did your friend buy it?

Unless somebody here has better information, I would say this is a post-Matsumoku build so beyond the scope of this forum.

The serial number is a mystery but my guess is that it might be a 1994 at the oldest, or possibly 2004.

The number in the truss rod area is likely an inventory or part number, nothing to do with the age.

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