For all models, the serial number on the back of the headstock is stamped. This was the case in the years 1955, 1956, 1959 and 1960. On a 2011, the Inlays were pointed, and the tuners were spaced progressively closer together, to form a slight V shape. Our customers want serial numbers to be formatted a certain way—like they used to be. There are many exceptions and sometimes letter prefixes were used.
The binding ended up looking almost pink, which didn't work for me. For models older than 1993, please refer to the chart below. The orange labels inside hollow bodied instruments were discontinued in 1970 and replaced by white and orange rectangle labels on the acoustics and small black, purple and white rectangle labels were used on electric models. Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. The first guitar built that day would have the production number 500.
Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number. Although, in reality the two statements probably mean the same thing! Just don't expect any spectacular difference. Fortunately, they are often signed by the builder. I even had a dealer contact their Gibson rep with the same question only to get yet another answer. So they had just put the year from 4 to 5. A few bolt on neck instruments had a date ink stamped on the heel area.
The neck is a '59 profile, its got a flame top, and unspotted pickups. During this period, numbers were reused, and in many cases the numbers were not strictly applied for the consecutive years. See the explanation below: 1107064001 First digit indicates where it was made. The original thin letters were replaced after 1933 by a thicker font. The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock. You should be able to use this guide to determine the year of your instrument and then consult the to find its value, all for free. These will generally date an instrument earlier than the serial number, as they were typically applied in the early stages of assembly.
The electrical models were provided with a rectangular with black and purple triangle. The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made. So I finally am in the position to get a historic Les Paul model of sorts. If you want the wrap tail, get the R4. Gibson guitar serial numbers are, like a lot of serial number systems from guitar manufacturers, a complicated beast. I valued the gear ar 1100, 400, 900 respectively which is conservative on my end. Record keeping in the early days was spotty and it's uncertain which guitar is actually the first one, but these two were built within the first few months of Taylor Guitars production.
There were minute changes to which letters were connected in the font between 1961 to 1981, but the main logo had the same look. The guitars were viewed 1652429 times. Since 1991, Brazilian Rosewood has been listed as an endangered species and has therefore been used sparingly by guitar makers. Their serial number system around that time was not great! Other Identifiers There are some other ways you can get an idea of the age of your Gibson. It works for me and is my keeper. From 1970 to 1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random.
I have called Gibson customer support on my own for other questions in the past, only to receive a different answer from a different rep each time. I have a Les Paul Standard that I bought new a couple of years ago that has emerged as my number one after my tech did a proper set up. I would appreciate any assistance. 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. All items are stock with no mods. The other shapes Flying V, T-Bird, Explorer, etc. It belongs to Gibson now but the serial numbers listed here do not apply to Epiphone guitars.
I know that the serial number means the first digit denotes the model reissue, the 2nd digit is the year the model was made, and the last 3 or 4 digits note the chronological place in the run for the year. Sorting by age or year lists youngest entries first. Changes included cutaways on archtops, natural finish on some f-hole guitars and mandolins, and a line of nylon string acoustics. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument. Some earlier specimens from 1903 to 1907 did not slant the logo, or went without a logo entirely.