Gibson acoustic guitar serial number dating

A serial number alone does not verify authenticity or otherwise - often people who build counterfeits just duplicate existing "real" serial numbers that match the model of the guitar (so even if you contact Gibson they will tell you it's valid).

You need to post pics of the guitar, that's really the only way to tell.

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999.

The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.

Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no “MADE IN USA” (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).

From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock, this should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows: In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.

The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.

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.

Only two in existence, one belonged to Les Paul himself!

" when that number is keyed in, or crap to that effect.

Those directories are good for most Gibsons, but Gibson themselves have been pretty spotty.

I have a Gibson that I can't narrow down more than a range of 3-4 years on the serial number alone.

Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.

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