It usually takes more than just a serial number to accurately identify and date them, and there are numerous other dating systems and tools that I haven’t mentioned here.Some serialization systems only apply to certain guitars, and in some cases the same serial number has been used on multiple guitars!For more information on Gibson or potentiometer serialization and model identification, please refer to our website (bluebookinc.com) or visit Fjestad is a freelance writer who specializes in guitars and amplifiers including the history behind them and their current value.Fjestad has been evaluating and appraising guitars for over 20 years.For more information, email Zachary at [email protected] it came to electric basses, Michigan-based Gibson spent the ’50s playing follow the leader to California’s Fender.Most of the body appears to be in “very good plus” condition, and based on all of this, your guitar is valued between 00-00.
However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between 19 (it was officially reintroduced in 1976).
This was mainly caused by Gibson trying to keep up with production while attempting to serialize everything accurately, as well.
Unfortunately, during extremely busy times, production simply trumped serialization.
I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.
I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.