First letter, indicates the year

Dating gibson l'50

This new serial number system allows

In these cases, to figure out which is the exact year for a guitar, see the General Specs section for more details. Reissue and custom shop serial numbers in various formats. The new low-end case was a black softshell with a plush deep red lining. Gibson Serial Numbers, to present. Les Paul Classic, present.

This new serial number system allows determination of the exact date the instrument was stamped with the serial number, and the factory of manufacturer. Ink stamped number on back top of peghead. And they also have a combination lock on the main exterior latch and a leather handle. Lower models used black rigid cardboard cases.

Again, this stamp is seen on the back of the peghead. This knob is bakelite and very amber in color. You can see the color of the wire bobbins by removing the small underside mounting screw instead of removing the pickup cover.

Thin neck back shape, even compared to today's standards these necks don't have much wood behind the fingerboard and feel very thin. Model Body Markings non-Artist models. Still no outside hole in the metal tuner cover for the tuner worm shaft. Tunematic bridge uses white nylon saddles instead of nickel plated brass saddles.

This is very rare, but seen on a few lap steels pressed in serial numbers started in for all Gibson instruments and a few Les Paul models. There are two styles of this knob. In this case the later serial number is the one to believe, as the instrument was probably started and completed in different years.

Most times, the serial number is applied as one of the last steps especially on pre hollow body instruments when the instrument is nearly finished. Instruments made at Nashville are numbered beginning with each day. This was short lived though.

The handle on the medium and high grade cases was leather covered metal. Pretty much sequentially ordered.

All second instruments are usually worth less than the same guitar that is not a second given condition as the same. This was an important change on wrap around tailpieces, because it stopped the wrap-around from leaning forward and cracking the body wood often seen on Les Paul Juniors and Specials. Gibson serial number consistency was never given much thought, as Gibson changed serial number system many times. Next to it is the version where the switch tip changed to a plastic material that stayed white, and had a visible seam.

Vintage Reissues and Custom Shop Models, to present. This is sometimes stamped on the back of the peghead where a serial number would be on and later Gibsons. This following information applies to all Gibson instruments including guitars, mandolins, lapsteels, basses and others. Some low end models with no numbers. Some models never got these knobs such as the and later Les Pauls.

Ink stamped number on back top

This case also often had a hard thin brown plastic handle that cracked very easily. Often no serial number or model name on label, picture of Orville Gibson and lyre mandolin, date sometimes penciled under the top must be seen with a mirror. Some other special order custom colors were available. Note white label numbers A to A were not used.