The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same. In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. If the model is hollow, look on the inside for any tags and made note of any ink stamps sometimes the model is ink stamped inside the guitar. Our customers want serial numbers to be formatted a certain way—like they used to be. With the pickguard removed we can see how much brighter the original red was in the sunburst under the pickguard.
The original 1902 series made by Orville Gibson generally don't sound that good, but are interesting historically. What started as a simple string and pedal sales catalog has grown exponentially over the past thirty years. Narrow down Les Pauls with labels. As most aficionados know the Les Paul Junior and Special were updated part way through 1958. There is a very logical reason for this. Gibson Serial Numbers, 1952 to 1961, solid body models.
Stamped in serial numbers, used from 1961 to 1969. It can take Davidson several hours to locate a specific serial number, if he can find it at all. There were minute changes to which letters were connected in the font between 1961 to 1981, but the main logo had the same look. But, with more than 75 years of shipping records in the Gibson books, and dozens of variations on numerical schemes used over the years, sometimes do little to shed light on the origin of a mysterious Gibson. This 5 latch case was sold with Les Paul Juniors, Specials and Standards during the late 1950s. Prior to 1939, all screws should be slot style.
Note some models such as the Les Paul did not have a medium grade case available either got the 'gator case or the Cal Girl case. Since they are much more common, they are also easier and less expensive to obtain. The base plate for the tuners also has a more rounded look to it with the edges less defined. Double neck models with carved spruce tops are different than any other Gibson design. Your guitar should be relatively easy to date.
The wire goes over the six saddle screw heads to prevent the saddles from popping out during string changes. Pickup location very close to the bridge. Postwar full depth, non-cutaway models were generally designed as student models and are not very valuable. Frets changed to larger width in spring 1959 but some 4-digit 1958 Juniors have factory large frets. Prior to 1955 peghead narrows in thickness towards top.
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. The and , both used by Charlie Christian, are very collectible pre-war instruments. Thank you very much in advance for your help. This spirit varnish produces a eggshell crazing patina. A really under-rated guitar, I find the Gibson Les Paul Junior to be an amazing sounding solid body electric guitar with the 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960 models the best.
Post-war Gison electric archtops with cutaways from the 1950's are considered to be excellent and collectible. For example, mine is 012920, will that make my Classic the 2920th Classic made that year? This isn't universal--some Custom Shop models have six-digit numbers -- but it should allow you to date almost all post-1975 Les Pauls. Gibson Non-Hyphen Serial Numbers, 1902 to 1947. The serial numbers Gibson used, particularly from 1969-1979 are often very difficult to interpret. The handle on the medium and high grade cases was leather covered metal. However, I have a Junior here with six digits, 815xxx, and the pots date 3rd week of '57, so one would think it was early in the production year, no? Do other instruments interfere with the Classic production numbers? So for example, 8 092 1 089 tells us that this bass was stamped on the 2nd April 19 81 day 092 , at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant, and was the 089th instrument stamped that day Vintage Gibson serial numbers Gibson used various systems of numbering their instruments, and some records exist that can give a clue to a shipping date.
I use to own 0 121, the 121st Classic made. Then with the advent of sprayed lacquer, after the binding was scraped, a clear top coat were applied over the entire instrument including the scraped binding. With vintage Gibsons selling at auction for as much as half a million dollars, Davidson will sometimes roll up his sleeves and poke around in the ledgers, but only as time allows. Still no outside hole in the metal tuner cover for the tuner worm shaft. The F-5 design of the mid 1920's is considered to be high point of mandolin design, and the mandolin by which all others are judged. Tulip plastic tuners knobs have a single ring around them.
Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson collecting vintage gibson guitars Vintage Guitars Info's Gibson Vintage Guitar General Info, Specs, and Serial Numbers. Right: P-90 pickup top and a P. This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow. Phillips head screws started to be used at Gibson in 1939 the phillips head screw was original patented in 1933. As for binding, all bindings were scraped clean of varnish and stain at the end of the finishing process.