From 1970 to 1975, the 6-digit serial numbers randomly generated. The official re-issue date is 1976 but no reason there couldn't be made in '75, the serial numbers for Exploreres on '76 and '77 are really screwy like Larry suggested look at the pots. Hand ink or penciled some overlap with previous style : 1908 to 1932. The black outside changed from smooth to rough during different periods of the 1960's. Below is a table of the the highest known number for each production year. Some earlier specimens from 1903 to 1907 did not slant the logo, or went without a logo entirely.Next
The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. In 1955 Gibson forgot to reset their serial number back to 5 0001. This number is usually written by hand with red pencil and it indicates the position in the rack that this guitar was made. Gibson Factory Order Numbers Factory Order Number Configuration and Placement. All controls are completely functional. Original series with full reverse bodies are also very collectible.
What you have here is a signature model that contains everything Hale prefers in a guitar. My first theory was someone just made one for themselves? Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is?. All models, stamped in back top of peghead. Thanks to lovely things such as reissues, you are going to have a hard time trying to pinpoint the date without the serial , and given the fact it's been modified. Any help very much appreciated. In lieu of a serial number, Gibson used the Factory Order Number system to keep record of their production numbers and shipping. Generally speaking, the older your Gibson acoustic guitar is, the more valuable it will be.Next
Next Determine the Year or Approximate Year. But the serial number on a Gibson can tell you when the guitar was made. This case also often had a hard thin brown plastic handle that cracked very easily. In most cases, they'll help you date your instrument. Thinline, semi-hollow electrics from 1958 to 1964 are very cool and wanted by players and collectors. These were only sold to employees at substantial discounts. This guide, republished courtesy of Gibson.Next
Flat tops of the 1940's and 1950's are also excellent instruments. The first year of Gibson solidbodies was 1952, and Gibson didn't use any serial number in 1952. Some specimens from 1903 to 1907 were not oblique, or had no logo at all. Finding Value in a Gibson Acoustic Guitar The first way to find value in a Gibson acoustic guitar is to check the guitar's body, neck and head-stock for dings, scratches, nicks or cracks. Right from the beginning, the Gibson Explorer had a reputation for being extremely fun to play thanks to its killer tone, fast neck and solid electronics. My understanding though is that apart from the '58 and '59 models production only started again in 1976? Numbers from this era were flipped, reused, and in many cases can date an instrument to several non-sequential years. Unless you're a Gibson history buff, you'd never guess that their first Explorer was introduced way back in 1958.Next
Again Phillips head screws started to be used at Gibson in 1939 the phillips head screw was original patented in 1933. Instead, Gibson just ink stamped the model number inside on hollow body instruments. The handle on the medium and high grade cases was leather covered metal. Also the reflector on these knobs can be silver or gold. Gibson's most simplest system was introduced in 2014. Prior to 1965, all metal hardware is either nickel or gold plated.Next
Then with the advent of sprayed lacquer, after the binding was scraped, a clear top coat were applied over the entire instrument including the scraped binding. Tunematic bridges started showing up on many Gibson models in 1955. Originality of an instrument is very important. Guitars with gold hardware should have gold caps though often the gold does wear off. The pointed pickguard used on most Gibson flattops from 1955 to the 1970's. Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number.Next
Note some models such as the Les Paul did not have a medium grade case available either got the 'gator case or the Cal Girl case. For example, the serial number 81449243 means the guitar was the 243rd instrument made on the 144th day of 1989. Left: Gold post-war logo on a Les Paul Junior. For acoustic instruments, the serial number is typically located inside the sound hole at the neck joint or on a piece of paper glued inside the guitar and visible through the sound hole. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. This leaves transformer leads exposed in the back of the amp and makes speaker replacement more difficult.Next