Dating gibson les paul guitars

For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.

This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.

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.

Another forum seemed to have a guy replying to peoples queeries, but it was a few years old that thread. There are no forms, you will have to either decipher or contact them.

Beware of third-party sites that DO have forms as in the past scammers have used them to "prove" the authenticity of counterfeits they have been trying to shift.

Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.

Factory Order Numbers (FON) with a letter from 1935 to 1941.

Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).If follows there is a third letter E, it stands for Electric.Originally the Epiphone models were made in the same factory as the Gibson guitars, by the same craftspeople using the same materials and often with the same features as Gibson models, but manufacturing of most of the Epiphone instruments was switched to Asia sometime around 1969.Today, Gibson primarily uses the Epiphone brand as their high value, lower priced overseas-built alternative to their top tier Gibson USA models.It'll show you the date and factory where it was made.

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