In most cases the country of origin is provided in the same location as the serial number.In cases where you have a serial number but not a country of origin, the origin can sometimes be deduced from the serial number, although in this case it's very helpful if you have at least a rough idea of the date of manufacture.Exceptions are the Ibanez Blazer models which were made by Dyna Gakki and the Axstar by Ibanez models AX40, AX45, AX48, AXB50, AXB60, AXB65, AX70, AX75 which were made by Chushin Gakki (the flagship Axstar AXB1000 bass was made by Fuji Gen Gakki).It is also believed that 'Terada Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.On the contrary: the fact that the production of solid body Ibanez Artist guitars shifted to Iida Gakki 1987, while hollow-body and semi-hollow Artist guitars became Artstar labels with H serial numbers, shows that the original production before 1987 came all from the Fuji Gen Gakki factory, which was experiencing capacity problems during that time period caused by their commitment to produce guitars for Fender Japan.If Terada had produced AR models already, they would have continued doing so.
It is believed that all Japanese-made models with this serial number format are produced by Sugi Musical Instruments Ltd.
The AR and AS models shared the same necks under the Artist flag.
Splitting the production up from a situation in which they were already both made in the Terada factory wouldn't be efficient, so it is highly unlikely that pre-1987 AR and AS models were ever made there.
It applies primarily to electric guitars, but some information may also be applicable to acoustics.
Serial numbers on Ibanez guitars can generally be found in one of several locations: The first step in deciphering the serial number is determining the country or facility in which the guitar was produced.