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Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.
As one of the oldest and most widely recognized brands in music, Gibson has crafted some of the most cherished and valuable instruments of all time.
The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.
For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.
The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999.
The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we’ve been using since 2000.
This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.
Please note that most of this information relates to serial numbers used from 1975 to present.
Some earlier specimens from 1903 to 1907 did not slant the logo, or went without a logo entirely.This makes it especially important to first identify the general era during which your instrument was made before pinning down the exact date of manufacture with a serial number.