Can you tell what model year this kit is?


New member
I'm wondering if any of you can identify this Stage Custom's production year by the pic? I'd really just like to know if it's 100% birch or one of the older kits that are not. Thanks!


Senior Member
Agreed, current series, and you can determine the exact year and month each drum was built from the 3-letter date code stamped to the right of the serial number on each badge.

Yamaha seems to have redone their support site and inadvertently buried the date code FAQ so I’ll recap it here...

1. Each of the 3 letters correspond to a number as follows:
H I J K L M N O P Q X. Y. Z.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 10 11 12

2. The first two letters/numbers represent the last two digits of the YEAR from 1990 to present.

3. The third letter/number represents the MONTH of that year.

Example: HLM
HL = 15
M = 6
Build date: 2015-06 / June 2015