I think most hollow body stuff where they could get a label in had the serial number on the label or inside the body. If your Gibson Les Paul has an eight-digit serial number stamped on the back of the headstock, you're in luck. The 1962 and later relector knob has a deeper post hole the bottom of the post hole comes much closer to the metal cap. Narrow down Les Pauls with labels. From 1953 to 1960 it was ink stamped. If you can post pictures I know I would be happy to help you further, as would many other forum members.
This guide, republished courtesy of Gibson. From 1970 to 1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random. Although workmanship on pre-war Gibsons is not as high as pre-war Martins, Gibson flat tops are well designed and constructed so they have excellent tone. The fret inlays and body and neck binding are also great ways to identify the model you are investigating. These were only sold to employees at substantial discounts.
Anything Custom Shop or limited production might have an ink stamped oddball number still yet. The Stick ok, i am putting it out there. Post-war Gison electric archtops with cutaways from the 1950's are considered to be excellent and collectible. A serial number that starts with 82766 would have been made on October 3, 1986. This knob is bakelite and very amber in color.
No letters drops below the other letters. There is a very logical reason for this. If it is a hollow-body guitar, look in the cavities of the body to see if there is a model number stamped within it. The first and fifth digit representing the year of manufacture. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Your guitar was made in 2001. This was the case in the years 1955, 1956, 1959 and 1960. They tell you when the pots were made so the guitar was probably made some time after. Gibson released solidbodies in 1952. This particular label is from a 1929 L-4 model. Also it's sometimes seen on the top edge of the peghead.
Or serial number and model name on white paper label, number range from 0100 to 99999, hand inked or penciled 1908 to 1932, ink stamped serial number 1932 to 1947. General Vintage Gibson Guitar Information and specs. There are two styles of Thinline Gibson models. It is ink stamped on the back of the head stock and seems to be 5 numbers. Note some models such as the Les Paul did not have a medium grade case available either got the 'gator case or the Cal Girl case. Prior to 1939, all screws should be slot style.
The final 6 digits ranked the instruments over the whole year's production. These numbers don't real follow a pattern. Non-cutaway post-war models are interesting but not very collectible. Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. Only the first number before the hyphen determines the year. This will keep you from having to go back to the guitar time and again.
A nine-digit serial number stamped. The exterior lubrication holes can be either small or large. Peghead Logos Pre-war Gibson script logo used before 1948. Modifications can often be determined by looking at the model specs for a particular year guitar in this web page after the approximate year is determined , and compare to your instrument. Determining the age of a Gibson Les Paul guitar unlocks its value--but it takes more than just checking a serial number. At the beginning of each day, the sixth digit is reset to 0.
Prior to 1939, all screws should be slot style. Is this a 1993 model? The easiest way to find the year of a particular Gibson instrument is usually by referencing the instrument's serial number of factory order number. In 1994 only, the Nashville Gibson factory numbered all instruments with a 94xxxxxx style number. Many concepts were stolen from Martin, which was the company that invented features such as X-braced tops and large dreadnought body sizes. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989. Prior to 1925, Gibson used mostly spirit varnish. It had some serious memories and mojo.
Stamped in serial numbers, used from 1961 to 1969. The wire goes over the six saddle screw heads to prevent the saddles from popping out during string changes. If this is the case, start at the beginning and first determine what type of guitar you have. One row of 6 adjustable slot-head poles off-center: 1957-present. The original thin letters were replaced after 1933 by a thicker font. Model Body Markings non-Artist models.