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Many players don't, and sometimes (unless you bought it from new) it can be hard to tell.Also, Gibson, as we all know, is one of the greatest manufacturers of guitars, and having the status of one of the most desirable guitar brands ever has some disadvantages, too: counterfeit Gibsons have been sold for many decades now, and many players sometimes don't even realise they've been fooled. This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.

Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.

The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.

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. From 1970 to 1975, the 6-digit serial numbers randomly generated.

In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock. In 1970, the orange labels in the body of acoustic guitars were replaced by white with orange rectangular labels.

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.

Knowing how to identify correct serial numbers still remains one of the best and most effective ways to date your Gibson, and at the same time confirm its authenticity. Please note that most of this information relates to serial numbers used from 1975 to present.

For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn's Guide or view the following PDF files: Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.

The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

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