Gibson lgo dating by serial number
Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day. When the Nashville Gibson plant was opened in 1974, it was decided that the bulk of the production of products would be run in the South; the Kalamazoo plant would produce the higher end (fancier) models in the North.Of course, many of the older guitar builders and craftsmen were still in Kalamazoo; and if they weren't ready to change how they built guitars, then they may not have been ready to change how they numbered them!On instruments with round sound holes, this label is visible directly below it.On f-hole instruments, it is visible through the upper f-hole.Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.GIBSON SERIALIZATION Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky and at sometimes impossible.The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production. When acoustic production began at the plant built in Bozeman, Montana (in 1989), the series' numbers were reorganized.
In general though, the numbers are approximately as follows: From 1970-1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random.So double check the serial numbers on those 1970s L-5s, Super 400s, and Super 5 BJBs!Gibson's F O N System In addition to the above serial number information, Gibson also used Factory Order Numbers (F O N) to track batches of instruments being produced at the time.Bozeman instruments began using 001-299 designations and, in 1990, Nashville instruments began using 300-999 designations.It should also be noted that the Nashville plant has not reached the 900s since 1977, so these numbers have been reserved for prototypes.