night porter wrote:Hi guys, looking for some help. I have a Wal custom which I bought second hand from my local music shop 22yrs ago.
The serial number etched in the brass plate at base of neck says JG0016 but the date written inside is Sept 1981. From what I can gather the JG prefix was pre-1981 and started as JG1111. Is there such a serial number as JG0016? I'm really interested in knowing the history of this bass.
I saw a post about this on facebook too, and I've seen some others with goofy older plates being used-up on later basses. Your bass is simply a Custom MkI, aka Custom 2P as they called it in the early 80's. If the data plate says it's an '81, then that's what it is: 1981 Custom Mark I. It is not a 70's JG series bass, because the JG series had leather pickguards and paddle headstocks before the Pro series came out, and had a different serial number sequence. There was another recent early MkI to surface with a similar JG00xx serial, so it's apparent Pete/Ian were probably just using up a few unissued plates while either trying to figure what the new series plates would be stamped with, or waiting for the order of first W production plates to arrive.