This is a simple easy intelligent idiot proof system. (It will present problems down the road guaranteed) On all guitars made after 1987, The last digit of the year is the first number of the serial number for example a 1989 guitar would start off with a "9" and a 1993 guitar would start off with a "3".
I ask you how will someone be able to tell the difference between a 1988 guitar and a 1998 guitar in years to come. I mean it's simple for us today to tell the difference between a 1988 guitar and a 1998 guitar but what will they do in the year 2034 when the want to try to date an Ibanez guitar.
The smoothness of the EVO neck is nothing short of amazing.
Ibanez Guitars are probably one of the best deals on the market at this writing.
1997 - Present - Serial numbers were changed to the F and 7 digits.