Gibson lgo dating by serial number
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.
In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today.
This updated system utilizes an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.
All numbers were impressed into the wood and a six digit number assigned, though no particular order was given and some instruments had a letter prefix.
The orange labels inside hollow bodied instruments was discontinued in 1970 and were replaced by white and orange rectangle labels on the acoustics, and small black, purple and white rectangle labels were placed on electric models.
It is also generally known to be the most frustrating and hard to understand system that Gibson has employed. There are several instances where batches of numbers are switched in order, duplicated, not just once, but up to four times, and seem to be randomly assigned, throughout the decade.
In general though, the numbers are approximately as follows: From 1970-1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random.Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.