Dating a gibson guitar
An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits.The first digit is the year and the other numbers are production numbers.For example, the serial number 81457556 – would be May 25 guitar built in the Nashville factory.The first guitar built that day would have the production number 500.O.k., let’s take a look at the different time periods of serial numbers from Gibson Guitars.
The Montana factory uses production numbers 001-299 and this was from 1989, when that factory was opened.It didn’t get any less confusing during this time either. 6 Digit Serial numbers were still used so a lot of the same numbers were also used on 1960s models.The biggest telling factors for guitars from this period, as opposed to the guitars from 1961 to 1969 is the “Made in U. To make matters even more confusing, there wasn’t really an order for these serial numbers – so you could have something from 1975 that started with a 1 and something from 1972 that started with a 9. These serial numbers started with either “96” “00” or “06” with the 96 representing 1975, the 00 representing 1976 and 06 representing 1977.The first serial number for acoustic guitars was 100.Once the serial numbers hit 99999, Gibson decided to change to a new system, rather than go into 6 digits.