If you shine a flashlight on the logo, you can see where they cut it out. This makes it especially important to first identify the general era during which your instrument was made before pinning down the exact date of manufacture with a serial number. Real Standards have fret edge binding, meaning the binding covers the end of the frets, fakes have frets which sit on top of the binding. There were minute changes to which letters were connected in the font between 1961 to 1981, but the main logo had the same look. Or does one of the experts here have an idea? Narrow down Les Pauls with labels. The headstock pitch on Les Pauls made from 1968 to 1973 was 14 degrees; headstock pitches on all others was 17 degrees.
Failing to abide by this will result in a ban. However, while the intent was to maintain a more organized catalog, this system in practice achieved the exact opposite. Why not sand off the mis-imprinted numbers? This guitar will be for sale when I finish cleaning and setup. 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. Please contact us at service gibson. From 1961 to 1969, Gibson used serial numbers that were stamped into the wood, not inked on. Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.
I'm not sure if its stamped or inked. In 1992, the 57 Custom came with 57 Classic pickups it is listed as Burstbuckers in the catalog. Plastic used on counterfeits is not colored the same as Gibsons. It may be a truss rod, but I don't know because the wrench didn't appear to fit right or turn it. Mine is 2 4483 in yellow ink just as the one pictured in the beginning of this thread.
That'd be awesome if they are! Before mid-1950, most Gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile. Last, most copies have gaps around the binding which have been filled with paint or epoxy, overall poor fit and finish, and don't smell like a Gibson a new Gibson, or a fairly new one still in it's case has a unique smell. Even then, there may be four other guitars—of all different models—with the same number sequence. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. Mahogany Gibson glues two small extra pieces of Mahogany ears on the sides of the headstock and often appear differently colored than the center piece.
Here in Japan a few people in the past have bought Burny or Greco Les Paul guitars, and labeled them as Gibsons. We like to promote discussion. There are hundreds of disappointed collectors who have been taken advantage of after purchasing fake Les Pauls. The new model year typically launches in the fall as the current model year winds down. For instance, guitars numbered up to 42440 are from 1961, but a guitar numbered 042400 would be from 1967. The distance between the bridge and the tailpiece is greater than on true Gibsons.
Gibson engraved many of the custom and standard Les Pauls in this area, clearly defining what they were. These guitars were most likely reworked in the 1970's by luither, Dick Knight. Pickguard, jackplate, pickup rings, knobs, and switch plate have all been changed to make it look like Bonamassa style. Veneered guitars with center seam issues. With Les Pauls, it pays to be careful. It is not a real inlay as on true Gibsons 8. Except Norlin era where the body shape is a bit funky 6.
Pickups shown are not original but I have the original 498 and 500T. The clear answer is that those are stupid things that happen on a production line. I especially don't like how the control cavity appears to be plywood. 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. Another huge huge no no: Gibson truss rod can only be open with a truss rod tool, Chinese fakes you can open them with an Allen wrench, make sure you ask the seller to remove the truss rod cover and take a picture of the truss rod, that will definitely be the best way to know for sure.
They did not have the same construction as the Historic Reissues, as seen below, they are short tenon guitars. Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked with too much ink. Not sure what the owner would be looking for just yet. Shallower neck pitch means an early second-generation Gibson Les Paul. Using the Gibson database, you should be successful in determining the model and year of the instrument in question. Please add an in-depth description along with your link.