This system is useful in helping to date and authenticate instruments. If the instrument has original electronics some dating can be verified by pot numbers. 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. The oval label were then changed to orange. Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.
Some models with an ink stamped 3 digit number on neck block. Some nylon string acoustic models were built by Landola in Finland. Year Last Aprox Serial 1903 1150 1904 1850 1905 2550 1906 3350 1907 4250 1908 5450 1909 6950 1910 8750 1911 10850 1912 13350 1913 16100 1914 20150 1915 25150 1916 32000 1917 39500 1918 47900 1919 53800 1920 62200 1921 69300 1922 71400 1923 74900 1924 80300 1925 82700 1926 83600 1927 85400 1928 87300 1929 89750 1930 90200 1931 90450 1932 90700 1933 91400 1934 92300 1935 92800 1936 94100 1937 95200 1938 95750 1939 96050 1940 96600 1941 97400 1942 97700 1943 97850 1944 98250 1945 98650 1946 99300 1947 99999 1947 to 1961 Once the serial numbers hit 99999, Gibson decided to change to a new system, rather than go into 6 digits. A lack of a serial number usually implies an instrument has been refinished. The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once 699 is stamped, the batch number will change to 1. During this period, the system was actually relatively simple. Since 1977, Gibson has used the following method: The first and fifth numbers indicate the last two digits of the year the instrument was produced, the second through fourth digits tell the day of the year it was produced and the last three digits indicate the production rank.Next
To verify the year of manufacture, neck type and finish, contact Gibson at service gibson. The second type of serial numbers used started with an A prefix and ran from 1947 to 1961. Peghead Logos Pre-war Gibson script logo used before 1948. Adjustable bridge saddle: J-160e from introduction : 1954-1970. Ukuleles did not carry serial numbers but can be roughly identified and dated by the headstock: 1895 to 1932 The Martin brand stamped on the back of the headstock. Or serial number and model name on white paper label, number range from 0100 to 99999, hand inked or penciled 1908 to 1932, ink stamped serial number 1932 to 1947. Some pre-1898 guitars have the date penciled on the top just inside the sound hole.Next
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production. If you don't see the brand you're looking for, let us know what you're looking for in the comments at the bottom. Of course, there are those who use pics of real Gibsons to sell fake guitars - the ol' swap-a-roo. Guitars were just given the next available number. Numbers below 500 signify a Kalamazoo productio, above signifies Nashville. Some prefix and suffix designations remained on old models until they were all discontinued by 1958.
For example, the serial number 81449243 means the guitar was the 243rd instrument made on the 144th day of 1989. Discontinued all models except L-5 by 1927. Prior to 1955 peghead narrows in thickness towards top. Sell Your Gear If you have an instrument you're looking to sell, you can make a listing on Reverb by going to Listing on Reverb is free and we only charge a small fee if and when your item sells through our site. The first guitar built that day would have the production number 500. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.Next
It is often not the sellers fault, as they will have looked through the numbers, found it was 1963, and would see no reason to look further in the document. In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today. They'll tell you over the phone. The first serial number for acoustic guitars was 100. It is not uncommon for a new model year model to be produced during the previous model year example — a 2015 model may have been built in late 2014. After 1947 all models were given a name and a model number. 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.Next
Or it could be 1970, 1971 or 1972. These details are encoded unambiguosly into the serial number as follows. Other Identifiers There are some other ways you can get an idea of the age of your Gibson. For the most accurate identification you would need to contact the Gibson Guitar Corporation itself. Since all the instruments using this serial number pattern were acoustic or semi-hollow the labels were located inside the instrument body.
The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made. Corrections and additions to this section will be made as necessary. An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits. Standard on most models: 1961-1970. Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s. Some banjo models have the serial number stamped on the inside of the rim. Before 1929, the model size and style designation was generally written on a paper label and glued inside the top of the instrument case.Next
But the serial number on a Gibson can tell you when the guitar was made. I want to verify the year of manufacture, whether it has a 60's neck and the color. Martin began producing instruments in 1833. The chart below shows the year that relates to the serial number. The reason being that Gibsons 6 digit serial number system reached 999999 several times; each time they continued from 000001.Next
Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is? The new model year typically launches in the fall as the current model year winds down. Thus, the older Gibson guitars may have a serial number and a Factory Order Number. Whether you inherited your instrument or bought it at a swap meet, you're probably curious about its provenance. There are subtle changes in most Gibson guitars over the course of their production runs, and, you can usually date a guitar by physical features. Prior to 1984, the numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production. Not only can it tell the date, but also the place of production.Next