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Serial Numbers and Manufacturing Date Codes for Gibson Electric Guitars


Gibson Electric Guitar Serial Number and
Date Code Information


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Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.  For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.

 

Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers

Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock

Years 1953-1961

Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.  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

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Gibson Hollow Body Serial Numbers

Gibson Prefix and Suffix Model Codes

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.  For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.

 

1947 to 1961
located on a white or orange label inside the upper F Hole,
can be 3, 4, or 5 characters with an "A" prefix.
A100 - A9999    1947 - 1952
A10000 - A20000   1952 - 1955
A20000 - A30000   1955 - 1959
A30000 - A36500   1959 - 1961

 


   

 

1961 to 1975
Serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock. 
There were considerable duplication of numbers so this is a very rough guide
100 - 99999     
1961 - 1963
100000 - 199999   
1963 - 1967
200000 - 299999   

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 were used

 

 

     

1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used. The first two digits are the date code , for example 8699753 = 8699753 or 1986

 

 

Please note that If you are serious about dating and getting information a particular Gibson, we suggest getting a book on dating Gibson guitars.  We have a few suggestions here - Books on Collecting Guitars -

 

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