Gibson's most simplest system was introduced in 2014. Everything is supposed to match. This means that instruments with the same serial number can be from the 60s or 70s. The year is indicated by the first letter in any series of letters for these years. Y1234 23 This were used from 1952 to 1961 on archtop models and stamped on the inside of the F-hole. The serial number is a white label; however, it has nine digits: 880511387 Is this a fake, or could it be a European version? When buying a guitar, check everything.
At the beginning of each day, the sixth digit is reset to 0. It's not inconceivable that mistakes could be made. Our customers want serial numbers to be formatted a certain way—like they used to be. Guitars built in the Nashville Factory from 1990 onwards have production numbers 300-999 — so the first guitar produced that day would have the production number 300. You badly need to stop going around saying this. If the stamped number consists 5 digits, there is a space between the first and second digit a separation between the last digit of the year and the actual serial number.
Do you have anything that details Gibson changing the significance of the last three digits. It belongs to Gibson now but the serial numbers listed here do not apply to Epiphone guitars. On flat tops it became the neck block stamped. It doesn't purport to be a check on existing guitars or crossreference with any database of any sort. It wouldn't make sense for it to be a 0 because then it would be confused with 2000 models.
I will add more when I get home. They are the only photos I have on my phone right now. Specimens built before 1902 had a star inlay or crescent in place of a logo. Their serial number system around that time was not great! Determining exactly when your Gibson specimen was made can have high stakes attached to it. During the period from the end of the 1920s to 1933 the logo was no longer placed obliquely. Serial numbers can pull up multiple guitars from multiple years.
The website is just created and used by possibly stupid people. For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function. All in all I have no real doubts about its authenticity. Thanks for Reading I hope this helped you to decipher your often complicated Gibson serial number. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989. If you know the backstory around when the instrument was purchased, this can provide some rough clues about its era.
And the guitar is really the only thing that matters. Below are some checklist items to determine if yours is real. Below is a table of the the highest known number for each production year. In this example, the guitar is a 2017 model. From this period, the 5-digit and 6-digit numbers can be confused easily and gives the wrong date.
A difference of only one year - sometimes even several months - can mean a four-figure difference in value. I will take more soon of the back of the headstock. Anything else would be assuming. From 1943 to 1947 the logo was printed in thick gold, also called the banner logo. It will return the birth date of your guitar and the manufacturing plant. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gibson founded the company to make mandolin-family instruments.
But there are some obvious indicators—if it starts with a five, for instance. I don't get the huge circlejerk going on in this place against it. Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number. In 1955, Gibson forgot to put back the serial number range to 0001. The new system used a letter to prefix the numbers. Can anyone shed some light on this? In 1970, the orange labels in the body of acoustic guitars were replaced by white with orange rectangular labels.
In 1961, Gibson started a new serial number system. This can help determine if your guitar was from the 1960s or 1970s some guitars during those 2 decades had the same serial number. Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. We hope this little tutorial prooves informative. The website isn't stupid, people are stupid. How do I tell when it was made? Won't be able to post any pictures in the next few days because I left it there for a setup. Factories The Kalamazoo factory operated until 1984 and guitars made in that factory from 1977 to 1984 had the last 3 digits the production number that were between 001 and 499.
This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow. Something must be sought after in order to rise in value! The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made. Before mid-1950, most Gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile. The acoustic models are manufactured since late 1989 in Bozeman, Montana. After opening of the new factory in Nashville, in the sequence numbers were also included the production site. In 2005 the system was upgraded to first digit at the end of the batch number was inserted.