Dating vintage gibson acoustic guitars

dating vintage gibson acoustic guitars

How to determine the year or approximate year of a Gibson Guitar?

Next Determine the Year or Approximate Year. Gibson guitars usually have a FON (Factory Order Number), a serial number, or both (but sometimes neither!) Various serial number systems were used by Gibson, and often the same serial number could be used in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Are the serial numbers on my Gibson guitars consistent?

Gibson serial number consistency was never given much thought, as Gibson changed serial number system many times. Hence, some serial numbers may be duplicated in different years. This is especially noticable during the 1960s. Many people ask, How can I tell the difference between a serial number and a factory order number?.

How do you identify a non artist model Gibson Guitar?

Model Body Markings (non-Artist models). After WW2, lower-line Gibson vintage instruments did not have a label to designate the model. Instead, Gibson just ink stamped the model number inside (on hollow body instruments). If the instrument had f holes, this number was ink stamped in the bass side f hole on the inside back of the instrument.

How do I tell what year my Gibson Les Paul is?

Early Gibson solidbody electrics received a serial stamp on the back of the headstock, with the first number indicating the year of production. The serial number on this Les Paul Junior indicates that it was made in 1956.

How do I tell what year my Gibson Guitar is?

The easiest way to find the year of a particular Gibson instrument is usually by referencing the instruments serial number of factory order number. This following information applies to all Gibson instruments including guitars, mandolins, lapsteels, basses and others.

What years did Gibson use the serial number system?

Various serial number systems were used by Gibson, and often the same serial number could be used in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. See the serial number/FON section for details.

How can I tell what year an instrument is made?

Serial dating is easiest for instruments made in the USA or Mexico, but is also possible for those made in Japan, Korea, China, and Indonesia. For US instruments, the serial number will start with a letter. That letter indicates the decade. The second character will usually be a number. That number indicates the specific year.

What does RRR mean on a Gibson guitar serial number?

In 1994, Gibsons Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with 94 for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number. RRR (R) indicates the guitars place production for that year.

You can add any model of Gibson guitar, whether that’s a Les Paul, a Flying V, or a Hummingbird. Where to Find the Serial Number on Your Gibson Guitar?

How old is my Gibson Les Paul serial number?

If the Gibson Les Paul serial number is six digits or less then your guitar may be older than 1975. Gibson reused this serial number scheme for reissue guitars starting in the 1990s, so check the picture below to compare vintage versus reissue serial numbers. Is your serial number ink stamped like the 1959 Gibson Les Paul on the left?

How do I find out what year my Gibson Guitar is?

Enter your Gibson guitars 8 or 9 digit serial number in the box below to find the date of manufacture. This decoder currently supports Gibson guitars from 1977 to date (older guitars coming soon). The serial number can be found on the back of the guitars headstock.

Can you add a model to a Gibson Les Paul?

You can add any model of Gibson guitar, whether that’s a Les Paul, a Flying V, or a Hummingbird. Where to Find the Serial Number on Your Gibson Guitar?

What does 82765501 mean on a Gibson Les Paul?

82765501 means the instrument was produced on Oct. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day. NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005.. The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.

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