Dating new gibson guitars

14-May-2020 22:11

From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.

An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits.

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Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported 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.

An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits.

Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.

Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported 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.

(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).