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    Custom made on my neck plate

    Hello everyone! This is my first post on any forum of any kind so I am truly a newbie. If I am not following protocol just let me know. I have just purchased a JP6 BFR Koa top gold hardware, ebony fretboard. I donít see anything custom about it. My serial number is G49404. Any ideas? Thanks for any help. Dave.

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    Go here and get the info on it:

    Serial Number Database | Ernie Ball Music Man

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    Thanks Glenn. The look up shows when the guitar was made which really helps! Does anything in the build code suggest anything “custom Made”. I don’t understand the code. Thanks Dave

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    It's a BFR so it should have a Ball Family Reserve inlay on the 12th fret... BFR's tend to have the best of the best figured woods, and tops/paint jobs that are limited in nature, a little extra attention to detail etc. They aren't custom made per-say, they're just fancier versions of regular production runs at the end of the day.
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    Pete is pretty good at decyphering these things:

    Serial # G49404
    Manufactured September 27th, 2011
    Build Code 962-KB-J8-00-BB-GD
    Model BFR Petrucci
    Color Island Burst Koa
    Pickguard No Pickguard
    Hardware Gold Hardware

    Glenn |B)
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    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


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    Thanks everyone. Am I correct to assume that just because the neck plate is stamped ďcustom madeĒ doesnít necessarily mean that it was a special order 1 of 1 ? At the end of the day it doesnít really matter. I love everything about the guitar and Iím not looking to sell or trade it. I was just wondering if it affects the value positive or negative. Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBHRPH View Post
    Thanks everyone. Am I correct to assume that just because the neck plate is stamped “custom made” doesn’t necessarily mean that it was a special order 1 of 1 ? At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. I love everything about the guitar and I’m not looking to sell or trade it. I was just wondering if it affects the value positive or negative. Dave.
    Right.

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    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!! @ 6:00"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBHRPH View Post
    Thanks everyone. Am I correct to assume that just because the neck plate is stamped “custom made” doesn’t necessarily mean that it was a special order 1 of 1 ? At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. I love everything about the guitar and I’m not looking to sell or trade it. I was just wondering if it affects the value positive or negative. Dave.
    I've seen Custom Made plates a few times, and I'm not sure what it means. EBMM doesn't have a custom shop, so any one-off custom order would have been either an artist guitar or for a special event. My 1-of-1 was a NAMM display and doesn't have the Custom Made stamp.
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    The 20th Anniversary Silhouette offering featured Custom Made neck plates, and those certainly weren't one-offs. Sometimes I think it was just a marketing decision to appoint a special run that way. My son has a NAMM one-off from a few years back, and there's not any such special designation on it, so I wouldn't give it too much thought - just enjoy playing the guitar.
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    I believe when you could choose the tops (quilt or flame), as was the case with the 20th and many others, the neck plate would say "Custom Made". So there are a lot of them out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    I believe when you could choose the tops (quilt or flame), as was the case with the 20th and many others, the neck plate would say "Custom Made". So there are a lot of them out there.
    Ahhh. I owned a 20th for a time, but I wasn't the original purchaser, so that fills in a gap for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    I believe when you could choose the tops (quilt or flame), as was the case with the 20th and many others, the neck plate would say "Custom Made". So there are a lot of them out there.
    This is correct.

    Also,

    When the BFR instruments first came out they had a special inlay at the 12th fret denoting "BFR" and the neck serial plates were stamped "CUSTOM MADE" - When the 12th fret inlay went away circa 2013 the "BFR" script took the place of "CUSTOM MADE"
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteDuBaldo View Post
    This is correct.

    Also,

    When the BFR instruments first came out they had a special inlay at the 12th fret denoting "BFR" and the neck serial plates were stamped "CUSTOM MADE" - When the 12th fret inlay went away in 2013 the "BFR" script took the place of "CUSTOM MADE"
    I miss the 12th fret marker, I didn't like it at first, but once I had one I loved it!!

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!! @ 6:00"

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