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In the early years Gibson also used Factory Order Numbers (F O N) to track batches of instruments being produced at the time.For information on FON numbers a copy of The Blue Book of Electric Guitars by Zachary R. For the most accurate identification contact Gibson.Hoshino Gakki also had semi-acoustic, nylon- and steel-stringed acoustic guitars manufactured under the Ibanez name.

Plant designations are as follows: 001-499 = Kalamazoo 500-999 = Nashville (300-999 from 1990-present) 001-299 = Bozeman, Montana (acoustics only starting 1989) * Kalamazoo numbers were discontinued in 1984.

Hoshino Gakki introduced Ibanez models that were definitely not copies of the Gibson or Fender designs, such as the Iceman and the Roadstar series.

The company has produced its own guitar designs ever since.

and Fuji Gen Gakki guitar factories to make Ibanez guitars, and after the Teisco String Instrument factory closed in 1969/1970, Hoshino Gakki used the Fuji Gen Gakki guitar factory to make Ibanez guitars.

In the 1960s, Japanese guitar makers mainly copied American guitar designs, and Ibanez-branded copies of Gibson, Fender, and Rickenbacker models appear. During this period, Ibanez produced guitars under the Mann name to avoid authorities in the United States and Canada.

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The transfer contained an eight digit serial number as well as "MADE IN USA". There also were some bolt on models with a date ink stamped on the heel.