Dating gibson acoustic guitars
Once the serial numbers hit 99999, Gibson decided to change to a new system, rather than go into 6 digits.The new system used a letter to prefix the numbers.The biggest telling factors for guitars from this period, as opposed to the guitars from 1961 to 1969 is the “Made in U. To make matters even more confusing, there wasn’t really an order for these serial numbers – so you could have something from 1975 that started with a 1 and something from 1972 that started with a 9. These serial numbers started with either “96” “00” or “06” with the 96 representing 1975, the 00 representing 1976 and 06 representing 1977.Not sure why these numbers were used, but at least it was uniform!If you have any vintage gibson guitars that are posted on this site ,you are always welcome to post a review,comment or detailed features ,im sure other guitar players who visit us would love to know ...Domenic : Due to the overwhelming amount of comments on this blog i cannot answer all the questions although id love to .The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.
The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.There are also other ways of determining the age of your instrument, including FON’s and things such as logo designs.In addition to serial numbers older Gibson guitars also had Factory Order Numbers (FONs) imprinted.Gibson’s logo has been largely unchanged since 1947 but before that time the logo changed a bit, so you can use that to help identify the era your guitar was built. Good question – and the answer is simply that the serial number system used up until 1977 wasn’t the easiest or most reliable system – so you may not be able to accurately determine anything about your guitar using the serial number alone.O.k., let’s take a look at the different time periods of serial numbers from Gibson Guitars.Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories. There are a number of distinct time periods for Gibson’s serial numbers, where the systems differed.Guitars built in the Nashville factory from 1977 to 1989 used the production numbers 500-999.For example, the serial number 81457556 – would be May 25 guitar built in the Nashville factory.The following serial numbers apply just to acoustic guitars.During this period, the system was actually relatively simple. The chart below shows the year that relates to the serial number.