Since your guitar has pots dating from 1971 and they appear to be original, we know it was produced in 1971 or later. It appears that your pickups were changed at some point although the pickup openings seem to be originally cut for full-size humbuckers , the pickguard is absent, and the tip of the pickup switch is missing, as well. These will generally date an instrument earlier than the serial number, as they were typically applied in the early stages of assembly. The second type of serial numbers used started with an A prefix and ran from 1947 to 1961. I had an R9 from '04 that was 9 4xxx. With a thick and rich tone, this guitar's tone is the one that you hear between your ears when you go to bed at night. Example: 7 5123 is the 123rd 1957 reissue model produced in 2005.
It should also be noted that the Nashville plant has not reached the 900s since 1977, so these numbers have been reserved for prototypes. There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it. Also, look inside the control cavity. And because many manufacturers purchased pots in large quantities, the pots could sit on the shelves for weeks—if not months—before they were installed. This site is non commercial, Version 3.
A difference of only one year - sometimes even several months - can mean a four-figure difference in value. Instruments will generally have one or both of these numbers stamped or written either inside the body generally the case on earlier models or on the back of the headstock. However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between 1970 and 1975 it was officially reintroduced in 1976. The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made. You might go to and inquire there. The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production. On f-hole instruments, it is visible through the upper f-hole.
I would appreciate any assistance. It is also generally known to be the most frustrating and hard to understand system that Gibson has employed. Take a look at these photos of my '76 Deluxe, and you can see the additional layer beneath the maple top: Are you sure it was stamped Les Paul Deluxe? In fact, without any other information about the guitar, the serial number is essentially worthless. Higher grade models such as the Super 400, L-5, J-200, etc. He seems to think it's a 1997 model but I can't find a proper reference with that serial number.
The serial number is a white label; however, it has nine digits: 880511387 Is this a fake, or could it be a European version? Though not used on the earliest instruments produced those done in 1952 , a few of these instruments have 3 digits stamped on the headstock top. From: Hello from the Custom Shop! It does not have a flame top, and has all original hardware according the owner. When the Nashville Gibson plant was opened in 1974, it was decided that the bulk of the production of products would be run in the South; the Kalamazoo plant would produce the higher end fancier models in the North. Do you have anything that details Gibson changing the significance of the last three digits. The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, which was nearly identical to the Standard with the exception of mini-humbucker pickups, was produced during this time. This guide, republished courtesy of Gibson. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.
Other Date-Linked Features Aside from the logos, each era of manufacturing included certain identifying traits such as the hardware tuners, knobs, plates, etc. The numbers were used between the years 1961-1969. The production numbers run in a consecutive order and, aside from a few oddities in the change over years 1961-1962 , it is fairly accurate to use them when identifying solid body instruments produced between 1953 and 1961. Your guitar has cosmetic features and specifications similar to a Les Paul Standard. In the earlier years at Gibson, guitars were normally built in batches of 40 instruments.
Now comes the identifying part. The F O N may indicate the year, batch number, and the ranking order of production within the batch of 40. They'll tell you over the phone. There are different models within the same Reissue year that would fall in same sequence as pointed out by Hum-Free. Sorting by age or year lists youngest entries first. Not trying to be vague with the number, I just don't remember all of it. Any idea how many of these were made, and a guess at the value in excellent original condition? Numbers from this era were flipped, reused, and in many cases can date an instrument to several non-sequential years.
Anything else would be assuming. The serial number is 198050195. Thank you for visiting, enjoy the guitars and spread the word! Some time in 1953, instruments were ink stamped on the headstock back with 5 or 6 digit numbers, the first indicating the year, the following numbers are production numbers. In this video, I compare this fake Gibson Les Paul Custom to an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and a Real Gibson Les Paul. What the guitar dater does is desconstruct the serial using the same methods described on the gibson website. It belongs to Gibson now but the serial numbers listed here do not apply to Epiphone guitars.
. I don't get the huge circlejerk going on in this place against it. Many older instruments may have reproduction or other non-original parts, including a non-original finish. The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1. I think that we are mis communicating. In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today. Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is? It doesn't purport to be a check on existing guitars or crossreference with any database of any sort.