Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky at best and downright impossible in some cases. A friend of mine is willing to sell me his very pretty les paul classic which he believes to be from the 90s. It has a 5 digit serial number which reads: 5 , and a "custom shop" stamp on the back of the headstock. First year of production and, as there were fewer than made. I hope we haven't had this before.
As a buyer, I look for pieces that have all the stock components. Once again again, Duane is correct — the tone comes from your fingers and hands first. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, importance of originality in in the mind of the guitarist!
DATING GIBSON GUITARS BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS Gibson stopped the stamped serial numbers at the end in , although there are a , where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number.
Gibson Serial Number Identification and Dating A . Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no “MADE IN USA”.
There's no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible. I have a Gibson Les Paul I'm trying to identify. Up until the early s, serial numbers were fairly consistent, but for most of the s and s, six-digit Trash or Treasure: Peavey Blues Classic.
DATING YOUR GIBSON Serial Number Configuration and Placement to & production was also very high, exceeding "9 " and going to "" . started in for all Gibson instruments) and a few Les Paul models. . The LP Classic have a s style inked serial number with the first digit.