Dating new gibson guitars
he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars.An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits.Unfortunately not all instruments were numbered and not all followed the number pattern so all dates are approximate.
The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.FON consists a batch number of usually four digits, followed by a one letter (sometimes prefixed by a space) followed by one or two digits (ranking).1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.