serial number                  Year(s)

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410901 to 419999   unknown
420000 to 429193   1966
500000 to 500999   1965, 1966, 1968, or 1969
501009 to 501600   1965
501601 to 501702   1968
501703 to 502706   1965 or 1968
503010 to 503109   1968
503405 to 520955   1965 or 1968
520956 to 530056   1968
530061 to 530850   1966, 1968, or 1969
530851 to 530993   1968 or 1969
530994 to 539999   1969
540000 to 540795   1966 or 1969
540796 to 545009   1969
555000 to 557999   1966
558000 to 567400   1969
570087 to 570643   1966
570645 to 570755   1966 or 1967
570857 to 570964   1966
580000 to 580080   1969
580086 to 580999   1966, 1967 or 1969
600000 to 600998   low end models, 1966, 1967, or 1968
600000 to 606090   high end models, 1969
700000 to 700799   1966, 1967 or 1969
750000 to 750999   1968 or 1969
800000 to 800999   1966, 1967, 1968 or 1969
801000 to 812838   1966 or 1969
812900 to 819999   1969
820000 to 820087   1966 or 1969
820088 to 823830   1966
824000 to 824999   1969
828002 to 847488   1966 or 1969
847499 to 858999   1966 or 1969
859001 to 895038   1967
895039 to 896999   1968
897000 to 898999   1967 or 1969
899000 to 899999   1968
900000 to 901999   1970
910000 to 999999   1968

Factory Order Numbers with a Letter, 1952 to 1961.
    This letter precedes the batch number within the Factory Order Number (FON), and denotes the year of manufacturer. Remember, the batch number is the first 4 digits of the FON, followed by a 1 or 2 digit sequence number (within the batch). This letter should be before the FON batch number. This was used on archtop models (ink stamped inside treble F-hole) and on flat top models (ink stamped on the neck block), from 1952 to 1961:

Gibson Serial Numbers, Feb 1961 to 1970.
All models, stamped in back top of peghead. No "MADE IN USA" stamp below serial number! Note many serial numbers are duplicated from 1963-1969. In these cases, to figure out which is the exact year for a guitar, see the General Specs section for more details. ALSO note: It is easy to confuse 5 digit and 6 digit serial numbers from this era, and hence get the wrong year for a guitar. That is, 55555 is not the same number as 555555 (but when reading the number off the back of a Gibson peghead, these two numbers do look very similar!)

Serial numbers for Gibson guitars and other important information.

Vintage Gibson Serial Numbers used

Gibson Guitar Serial Numbers
Vintage Gibson guitar serial numbers and vintage guitar information at Greg's Vintage Guitars .

    General Vintage Gibson Guitar Information and specs .
    serial numbers
    Pegheads
    "Snakehead" peghead, narrows towards top: 1923-1934. Discontinued all models except L-5 by 1927. Discontinued L-5 1934.
    Fiber peghead veneer replaces "Holly" wood veneer: 1970 to present. Also "Made in U.S.A." impressed in back of peghead or on decal.
    Peghead angle is 17 degrees: 1904-1966.
    Peghead angle is 14 degrees: 1966-1973.
    Peghead angle is 17 degrees: 1973-present.
    "Volute" on back of peghead (most models): 1969 to 1981.
    Thickness of peghead uniform: 1955-present. Prior to 1955 peghead narrows in thickness towards top.
    Peghead Logos Pre-war Gibson script logo used before 1948. No letters drops below the other letters.
    Pre-war Script Gibson logo, Pearl or White.
    "The Gibson" slanted or straight (depends on model): 1908-1929.
    "The Gibson" straight: 1933-1934.
    "Gibson" logo transition (without "The"), varies by model: 1928-1934.
    Pearl inlaid, high-end models: 1933-1948
    White silkscreen, low-end models: 1928-1943.
    Thicker "Gibson" on Super 400 and other high-end models: mid 1930's.
    Thicker "Gibson" all models: late 1930's.
    Gold logo: silkscreened 1947-1954
    Gold logo: decal 1954-present
    Pearl logo: open "b" and "o": 1948-1969
    Pearl logo: "pantograph" style, closed "b" and "o": 1969-1984
    Pearl logo: open "b" and "o": 1984-present
    Pearl logo: Dot on "i" connected to "G": 1948-1951
    Pearl logo: Dot on "i" free from "G": 1951-present
    Post-war block Gibson logo, Pearl or Gold.
    "Post-war" Gibson block logo used 1948-present. The post-war logo has the "G" and the "N" with a tail that drops below the other letters.
    Bridge, flat top models.
        2 pearl dots on bridge: early 1940's-1960's.
        Retangular bridge, most models: WW2.
        Martin-type belly bridge, some banner-logo examples: WW2.
        Upper belly bridge (above bridge pins): early 1950's-1969.
        Plastic bridge, most models below SJ: 1963-1964.
        Indian Rosewood used instead of Brazilian: 1966.
        Lower belly bridge (below bridge pins): 1969-1984.
        Upper belly bridge (above bridge pins): 1984-present.

        Adjustable bridge saddle:
            J-160e (from introduction): 1954-1970.
            Option on J-45, J-50, SJ: 1956-1960.
            Standard on most models: 1961-1970.

        Quick Overview: Serial Number/FON Identification by Era.
            1902-1908: Often no serial number or model name on label, picture of Orville Gibson and lyre mandolin, date sometimes penciled under the top (must be seen with a mirror). Or serial number and model name on white paper label, number range from 0100 to 99999, hand inked or penciled 1908 to 1932, ink stamped serial number 1932 to 1947.
            1908-1930: Factory Order Numbers stamped on neck block inside body.
            1925-1931: Some low end models with no numbers. Some models with an ink stamped 3 digit number on neck block. The FONs were issued sequentially and provide a good way to date a Gibson guitar.
            1931: FON 4 digit numbers start.
            1932-1935: FON numbers "roll over" from 9999, reusing old numbers. Important: this new series of FONs from 1932 to 1935 are *not* in sequential order (pre-1932 they seem to be sequential.) It was like in 1932 the FONs were pre-printed, and someone dropped the pile on the floor.
            1935-1941: Factory Order Numbers and Letter Codes. Now FONs contain a letter A to G, ink stamped on the inside back or on the neck block (flattops), or on the label.
            1938-1941: Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter D to H pressed into the back of the peghead.
            1942-1947: Factory Order Numbers with 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on neck block (flattops) or on the inside back,
            1947-1952: Factory Order Numbers of 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on the inside back.
            1952-1961: Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter Q to Z, ink stamped on inside back, all hollowbody models.
            1947-early 1955: "A" series serial numbers on a white label, on many models.
            early 1955-1961: "A" series serial numbers on a orange label, on many models.
            1953-1961: Unique solidbody electric guitar "inked" serial numbers.
            1961-1969: 4,5 or 6 digit peghead stamped serial number for all models, no MADE IN USA stamped below.
            1969-1975: 6 digit peghead stamped serial number, MADE IN USA stamped below.
            1975-1977: tagged (decal) serial number, MADE IN USA below.
            1977-present: 8 digit stamped serial number, MADE IN USA stamped below.
            1982-present: Reissue and custom shop serial numbers in various formats.


serial number           Year(s)
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0100   to 42440    1961
42441  to 61180    1962
61450  to 64222    1963
64240  to 71040    1964
71041  to 96600    1962, a few from 1963/1964
96601  to 99999    1963
000001 to 099999   1967  (all 6 digit numbers
                          starting with "0" are 1967)
100000 to 106099   1963 or 1967
106100 to 106899   1963
109000 to 109999   1963 or 1967
110000 to 111549   1963
111550 to 115799   1963 or 1967
115800 to 118299   1963
118300 to 120999   1963 or 1967
121000 to 139999   1963
140000 to 140100   1963 or 1967
140101 to 144304   1963
144305 to 144380   1964
144381 to 149864   1963
149865 to 149891   1964
149892 to 152989   1963
152990 to 174222   1964
174223 to 176643   1964 or 1965
176644 to 250335   1964
250336 to 305983   1965
306000 to 310999   1965 or 1967
311000 to 320149   1965
320150 to 320699   1967
320700 to 329179   1965
329180 to 330199   1965 or 1967
330200 to 332240   1965, 1967 or 1968
332241 to 348092   1965
348093 to 349100   1966
349121 to 368638   1965
368640 to 369890   1966
370000 to 370999   1967
380000 to 385309   1966
390000 to 390998   1967
400001 to 406666   1966
406667 to 409670   1966 to 1968
409671 to 410900   1966