Dating your gibson
10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.NOTE – Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..The pattern is as follows: YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.
Carved Top models (serial number on orange label) YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR indicate the guitar’s place in the sequence of carved tops made that day.Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.NOTE – as of 2000, 1st digit will be a “2” Examples: 91418009 is the 9th carved top produced on the 141st day of 1998.20045002 was the 2nd carved top stamped on the 4th day of 2005.
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