This information was compiled from these sources: A. Year Last Aprox Serial 1903 1150 1904 1850 1905 2550 1906 3350 1907 4250 1908 5450 1909 6950 1910 8750 1911 10850 1912 13350 1913 16100 1914 20150 1915 25150 1916 32000 1917 39500 1918 47900 1919 53800 1920 62200 1921 69300 1922 71400 1923 74900 1924 80300 1925 82700 1926 83600 1927 85400 1928 87300 1929 89750 1930 90200 1931 90450 1932 90700 1933 91400 1934 92300 1935 92800 1936 94100 1937 95200 1938 95750 1939 96050 1940 96600 1941 97400 1942 97700 1943 97850 1944 98250 1945 98650 1946 99300 1947 99999 1947 to 1961 Once the serial numbers hit 99999, Gibson decided to change to a new system, rather than go into 6 digits. This is sometimes referred to as the slanted script logo. There were some exceptions; starting in 1959 you could special order Grover tuners instead of Klusons on many mid to upper line models including the Les Paul Custom and J-200 models. Guitars with nickel or chrome hardware should have silver caps. Then there is a letter and sometimes a space , followed by a 1 or 2 digit sequence ranking number.
Non-cutaway post-war models are interesting but not very collectible. Exceptions to the 1977 and later 8 digit serial numbers. Most 1950's Gibson cases had a small 1. It is the most beautiful sounding and playing Les Paul I've ever had my hands on, and I'm comparing it to 5 other R8 Custom Shops. In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. Other Date-Linked Features Aside from the logos, each era of manufacturing included certain identifying traits such as the hardware tuners, knobs, plates, etc. This case was very popular for Les Pauls.
Once this is known, go directly to the section about that type listed in the blue table of contents text above , and look at the model pictures and descriptions that matches your guitar. This amp was made in the second quarter of 1999. You can see the color of the wire bobbins by removing the small underside mounting screw instead of removing the pickup cover. You might go to and inquire there. The three hundred and eleventh of its model manufactured.
Hand ink or penciled some overlap with previous style : 1908 to 1932. Thank you for visiting, enjoy the guitars and spread the word! Many electric archtop models also converted to the tunematic bridge. Something must be sought after in order to rise in value! All numbers were impressed into the wood and a six-digit number was assigned, though no particular order was given and some instruments had a letter prefix. 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. Starting in 1966, Gibson changed to Indian rosewood. This was an important change on wrap around tailpieces, because it stopped the wrap-around from leaning forward and cracking the body wood often seen on 1954-1955 Les Paul Juniors and Specials.
Thinline, semi-hollow electrics from 1958 to 1964 are very cool and wanted by players and collectors. The inside is a deep maroon color. The chart below shows the year that relates to the serial number. The extra digit is a batch number. Guitars with gold hardware should have gold caps though often the gold does wear off.
With the pickguard removed we can see how much brighter the original red was in the sunburst under the pickguard. The edges were cut beveled to make them look like they had binding. Prior to 1965, all metal hardware is either nickel or gold plated. There are different models within the same Reissue year that would fall in same sequence as pointed out by Hum-Free. I'm saying what Hum-Free is saying. Other Features You can also use other features to help identify the time period of your instrument. Still no outside hole in the metal tuner cover for the tuner worm shaft.
The first guitar in this new system was A 100 which was in April of 1947. The internal plastic coil bobbins are usually black plastic, but sometimes they are white this happened mostly in 1959 or early 1960. White label as used from 1908 to 1932. 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. Other solidbody gibson may have some appeal, but not to the extent of the previously mentioned models.
We hope this little tutorial prooves informative. Whereas Martin guitars have been using a single, consistent numbering system since the 19th century, Gibson has several different serial number formats since its inception in 1902, meaning that some formats and numbers overlap across decades. 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. These markings were stamped into the wood on the back of the peghead. Also, these cases have a pink interior satin cover that goes over the top of the guitar before closing the case. Thanks for all your help - I'm presuming it's a 2011 as I bought it new.
Another thing to look for is whether the numbers are too close. Year Number ---- ------ 1947 A-100 Apr 28 A-411 Jul 2 A-1146 Dec 1 A-1304 1948 A-1305 Jan 8 A-1849 Jul 2 A-2613 Dec 8 A-2665 1949 A-2666 Jan 5 A-3353 Jul 1 A-4209 Dec 1 A-4413 1950 A-4414 Jan 3 A-5456 Jul 3 A-6312 Dec 4 A-6597 1951 A-6598 Jan 4 A-8030 Jul 2 A-9194 Dec 3 A-9419 1952 A-9420 Jan 2 A-11057 Jul 1 A-12202 Dec 1 A-12462 1953 A-12463 Jan 8 A-14332 Jul 1 A-15883 Dec 2 A-16101 1954 A-16102 Jan 5 A-17435 Jul 1 A-18496 Dec 1 A-18667 1955 A-18668 Jan 6 A-18750 Jan 12, last white label. A good deal is not a good deal if it's fake. The 1962 and later relector knob has a deeper post hole the bottom of the post hole comes much closer to the metal cap. Also the reflector on these knobs can be silver or gold.
If you know the backstory around when the instrument was purchased, this can provide some rough clues about its era. Some models with an ink stamped 3 digit number on neck block. So this serial number represents the 45th guitar built on February 4, 1981 in the Kalamazoo factory. The single cutaway a plainer version of the Byrdland , having the same problems, also has limited collectibility mostly due to its scale length. Postwar full depth, non-cutaway models were generally designed as student models and are not very valuable. Gibson vintage guitars history and collecting.