Dating a gibson sg standard


02-Oct-2017 02:04

The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.

The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.

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.

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999.

Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no “MADE IN USA” (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).

Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.

Also in 19 there was a high production, "9 9999" is exceeded for "932 000" or higher.The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.



Jul 17, 2007. Another resource for IDing and dating guitars is Gibson's computer database, which catalogues scores of serial numbers from 1987 on through the present. “It doesn't always date the guitar,” says. “A lot of the counterfeiters are using the standard eight-digit series. For the most part, it looks real. But there.… continue reading »


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Sep 3, 2010. This video shows some helpful tips on how to tell the difference in years.… continue reading »


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Information about serial numbers and production year Gibson guitars, with decoder.… continue reading »


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Jul 16, 2007. 1961-1969 Firebird, Les Paul, and SG reissues since 1997. YYRRRM; Y is the production year; RRRR indicates the guitar's place in production for that year. M is the model being reissued; Reissue model codes 1= SG Custom and Special; 2= SG Standard; 3= 1963 Firebird 1; 4= 1964 Firebird III.… continue reading »


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