Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky at best and downright impossible in some cases. The best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order. There have been 6 different serial number styles. The first serialization started in and ran until The serial numbers started with number and. All numbers are approximates. In most cases, only the upper end instruments were assigned.
White oval labels were used on instruments from toat which time the oval label was changed to. On instruments with round soundholes, this label is visible directly below it. The second type of serial numbers used started with an A.
Though not used on the earliest instruments produced those done ina few of these instruments have. Some time ininstruments were ink stamped on the headstock.
The production numbers run in a consecutive order and, aside from a few oddities in the change over years. In Gibson started a new serial number system that covered all instrument lines. It is also generally known to be the most frustrating and hard to.
The numbers were used between the years In general though, the numbers are. From the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random. The orange labels inside hollow bodied instruments was discontinued.
During the period from Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two. InGibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today.
It should also be noted that the Nashville plant has not. When the Nashville Gibson plant was opened init was decided. Of course, many of the older guitar builders and craftsmen.
Certain guitar models built in the late s can be used. So double check the serial numbers. In the earlier years at Gibson, guitars were.