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Old 05-15-2011, 05:00 AM
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:20 AM
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Well,

here's my piece of the puzzle:



The one on the left came out of my '91 serial number CE, but could have slipped into 1992, explaining the "2" on there.
In the upper left corner there's a "5", which has nothing to do with anything, making interpreting the "3" in the same place on yours as "1993" somewhat problematic.
The unit on the right is a brand new one , which happens to look just like the old one, as a matter of fact, they are pretty much identical. The date of manufacturing on the new units is somewhat more straightforward, considering the "01/11", which seems to be hand stamped in there, just like your "69"....
Conclusion: Your best shot is to PM John and just ask him!

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:56 AM
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Default Mil-Com bridge codes

There should be 2 sets of numbers on a genuine "Mil-Com" vibrato bridge.

The single digit number up in the left hand corner is the casting position in the mold. The number will be from 1 thru 8. This was used soley for engineering/quality purposes.

The 2 or 4 digit number is a month/year date code of when the bridges was assemblied and ready to ship to PRS. These where hand stamped. So a bridge stamped "69" would be June of 1989. A bridge stamped "0399" would be from March 1999.

We also electro etched date codes for a period of time, using the same basic format. In fact, there are some bridges that the "Mil-Com Industries, Inc." logo was electro-etched as well. These castings were from a second casting source, which was needed from time to time to meet PRS' production requirements.

In 1998, I machined approx 500 bridges where we milled out the area that had the "Mil-Com" logo and machine engraved a serial number that was sequencial. They all start with "98".

In Jan/Feb 2011, I machined the last batch of old castings (from 1995). PRS Guitars purchased 125 pc of the 150 pc batch.I still have some of these in stock. They are hand stamped "0111" or machine engraved "0211"

Lastly... there are +200 bridges with no date codes... these are bootleg bridges NOT manufactured by "Mil-Com" or "MannMade USA".

I still produce the EXACT same 1 pc cast bridge, to the original specs, using the same materials and manufacturing techniques. Sometime in 1986 or '87 we stopped hand polishing the saddles and began to tumble finish them, as a cost savings measure, at Paul's request. At the same time, I began to glass bead the bridge in the saddle pocket area to remove the cutter marks, also at Paul's request.

Hope this information helps dating your "Mil-Com" bridges.

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John Mann
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:36 AM
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I still produce the EXACT same 1 pc cast bridge, to the original specs, using the same materials and manufacturing techniques...

Also available soon...

Pre-1985 saddle sets (2-56 set screws, larger "key-hole", polished top), sold as an up-charge to a bridge order or as a saddle set

1985 saddle sets (4-40 set screws, polished top), sold as an up-charge to a bridge order or as a saddle set

Raw brass bridges

Hybrid bridges (gold/nickel)

1pc cast bridges for Strats
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:38 AM
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Default Photos of various "Mil-Com" bridges

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Old 05-17-2011, 07:22 AM
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