Gibson lgo dating by serial number
This Module has been updated to work with the newer serial number formats.
Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 Years 1961-1975 (This is a little confusing as some numbers are duplicated and inconsistent) 100-9999 1961 - 1963 100000-199999 1963 - 1967 200000-290000 1964 - 1965 300000-599999 1965 - 1969 600000-999999 1966 - 1969 000001-099999 1967 000001-999999 1970-1975 (from 74 to 75 a prefix of C, D, E, F was used) 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.
The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 Click Here To Visit My Store If you are serious about dating a particular Gibson, we suggest getting a book on dating Gibson guitars.
Since the value of a Gibson Les Paul differs widely between 19, it is very important to pinpoint the year.
As for dating pots, you are correct that the fourth and fifth numbers of the potentiometer date code indicate the last two digits of the year (that is, the “71” in your serial number stands for 1971).
Gibson has used numerous serialization systems over its 100-plus-year history, and a majority of these numbers were used haphazardly—and rarely in consecutive order—until the system was standardized in 1977.
The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period.Lower Right: The fourth and fifth numbers of this seven-digit potentiometer date code reveal the last two digits of its year of manufacture. Hi Brian, There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.For many Gibson owners, it’s hard to believe that an individual serial number won’t automatically indicate the year and model of the guitar in question.In fact, without any other information about the guitar, the serial number is essentially worthless.