Left: 1955 to 1960 bonnet knob. There were minute changes to which letters were connected in the font between 1961 to 1981, but the main logo had the same look. These are several different types of Gibson guitars made. Methods For Dating a Gibson Instrument For many vintage instruments, determining the date of manufacture involves little more than running the serial number through a reference guide. Non-cutaway models are not nearly as collectible as cutaway Premier models.
Do you have anything that details Gibson changing the significance of the last three digits. Usually there is no more than 46 instruments sequence numbers per batch. Model Body Markings non-Artist models. Below are some checklist items to determine if yours is real. The Lloyd Loar signed L-5's, the pre-war , and Advanced archtops are highly collectible. Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. Today, the pedal steel has made the lapsteel obsolete.
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. Stamped in serial numbers, used from 1961 to 1969. Gibson Serial Numbers, early to mid 1970's. Thinline, semi-hollow electrics from 1958 to 1964 are very cool and wanted by players and collectors. Starting in 1965, all hardware is either chrome or gold plated. This was an important change on wrap around tailpieces, because it stopped the wrap-around from leaning forward and cracking the body wood often seen on 1954-1955 Les Paul Juniors and Specials. This serial number guide will help you to figure it all out.
The most general physical piece of evidence on the instrument, however, is going to be the logo on the headstock. The inside of these cases are also usually a deep maroon. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989. The serial numbers shown represent the approximate last serial number for that year. Starting in 1966, Gibson changed to Indian rosewood.
From 1970 to 1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random. Prior to 1965, all metal hardware is either nickel or gold plated. There were some exceptions though, like the Les Paul Custom which kept the smaller. There were also some early 1980's brown reissue cases mostly for Les Pauls and Korina reissues that are starker versions of the Canadian reissue case. .
Many concepts were stolen from Martin, which was the company that invented features such as X-braced tops and large dreadnought body sizes. Example: 7 5123 is the 123rd 1957 reissue model produced in 2005. Although I do not list Gibson uke models here, please email me if you have a Gibson uke you are interested in selling. Other Identifiers There are some other ways you can get an idea of the age of your Gibson. 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. The exterior lubrication holes can be either small or large. It's just a quick way of breaking down the constituent date and serial parts of the longer serial number.
Modifications any modifications , are a bad thing in the eyes of a collector. Gibson flat tops of the 1960's and 1970's seem to be inferior in tone and construction to the same models of the 1950's. It will return the birth date of your guitar and the manufacturing plant. Numbers from this era were flipped, reused, and in many cases can date an instrument to several non-sequential years. The earliest volumes contain hundreds of yellowed pages covered front and back with rows of handwritten numbers.
Or the ones who expect it to confirm is a guitar is real or not, as if a fake Gibson can't have a real serial number lol. It wasn't till 1977 that Gibson came up with a good serial number system that will last them indefinately. Prior to 1939, all screws should be slot style. The inside is a deep maroon color. This case was very popular for Les Pauls.
If this is the case, start at the beginning and first determine what type of guitar you have. All stamps in the same size type. However, while the intent was to maintain a more organized catalog, this system in practice achieved the exact opposite. So this serial number represents the 45th guitar built on February 4, 1981 in the Kalamazoo factory. Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked with too much ink. That is, is it white silkscreen, gold silkscreen, or pearl inlay? It's only ever one number that indicates year.