I have the same question,with a 6 digit serial. Some are printed or embossed on the back of the headstock and others are only on the label inside the body. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s. Another vote that yours is a 2000. Please contact us at service gibson.
This updated system uses an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions. Also, look inside the control cavity. Corrections and additions to this section will be made as necessary. Both Nashville and Memphis have their own numbering systems and styles. All the limited runs are truly one off serials. Could you tell me when it was made and if it has any collector value.
From 1970 to 1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random. Once the last three numbers reach 699, the batch number moves on to 1, and the last three digits are reset to 500. I asked Gibson a similar question regarding my R7 which has no space. Yes I realised that shortly after I had written my response. I have attached a catalog with information on the model. Mine is 2 4483 in yellow ink just as the one pictured in the beginning of this thread.
The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000. Thanks Stijn, So are you confirming that the 5 indicates a Memphis guitar? Yes I already knew where my guitar was made, and I already knew what year it was made, but it's nice to have an explanation of what the serial number means isn't it? Once production reaches 1000 guitars for that given year, the serial number changes to 6 digits. . At least they are consistent with their inconsistencies. Can anyone help me out with this one? The serial number on this Les Paul Junior indicates that it was made in 1956.
It consisted of numbers that were impressed into the wood. 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. Y is the year of manufacture;. I estimate that The Custom Shop produces somewhere around 3000-5000 Historic reissue Les Pauls every year. Unfortunately the community and customers are the last to know what's going on - sometimes by years.
Before mid-1950, most Gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile. Im trying to find out which year made and where. 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. In 1992, the 57 Custom came with 57 Classic pickups it is listed as Burstbuckers in the catalog. I have a 359 and that's what you have there - split diamond headstock inlay and block markers. Not trying to be vague with the number, I just don't remember all of it. I don't think the cause is worry about counterfeits.
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator. Everything about the guitar looks correct for an early 60's model except the serial. If you know the backstory around when the instrument was purchased, this can provide some rough clues about its era. Numbers from this era were flipped, reused, and in many cases can date an instrument to several non-sequential years. This makes relying entirely on the physical features of a guitar potentially misleading.
That should be enough to tell you where it was built. Certain guitar models built in the late 1970s can be used to demonstrate the old-style, six-digit serial numbers. I was guessing that the '5' is either for Memphis. Bozeman instruments began using 001-299 designations and, in 1990, Nashville instruments began using 300-999 designations. A guy is trying to sell me a Gibson Custom Shop that neither of us know that much about.
The year is indicated by the first letter in any series of letters for these years. The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock. All the numbers I've seen have a space after the 8, 9 or whatever, like the originals. On the Custom Shop reissues, the serial number format is as follows: 1st digit: The vintage year that the reissue is modeled after. However, while the intent was to maintain a more organized catalog, this system in practice achieved the exact opposite.
Or does one of the experts here have an idea? The thickness of the headstock, however, is not as vulnerable to modification or replacement. What I feel is different about it, is the natural finish rather than sunburst. Couldn't that mean 1999 though? Sorry, I overlooked the diamond inlay point. This amp was made in the second quarter of 1999. Hey, Gibson can have their cake and eat it too - since Classic serial numbers all begin with 0 it can look like a 1960, but still use the next number to distinguish 00, 01, 02, etc. The new model year typically launches in the fall as the current model year winds down. Other Date-Linked Features Aside from the logos, each era of manufacturing included certain identifying traits such as the hardware tuners, knobs, plates, etc.