See below for the formula used to tell the year of manufacture.
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The first two digits designate the year of manufacture, followed by two digits denoting the month.
f=11&t=20554 S Yairi handmade label This label below was sent to me by Devlin English who ” owned this guitar as a boy and it was donated to Goodwill at the death of my father.
The label transaltion is “For a guitar lover I elaborately made this June 1966 Sadao Yairi”” [Source: email 29/12/2015] If anyone ever comes across this item I will be happy to connect you with Devlin.
Kazuo took it over sometime in the mid 1960’s (the most given year is 1965). It ended up on the west coast again in a Goodwill and was auctioned off again in September of 2015.
I’m thinking that maybe the 1938 date may be eitiher a typo, or it is possible that he mentioned that year because early on he had to move his factory and start over. I would love to have it back in my posession so please be on the look out.
The remaining four digits denote the instrument’s sequential number of manufacture among all the instruments made during the month indicated.