DATING GUITARS AND MANDOLINS
BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS
Serial numbers can be useful in determining the year of manufacture of a guitar or amp.
But due to incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers, its history is often unclear.
With the help of the serial number decoder, tables and instructions are the year and location
of the largest well-known brands.
With no (or unreadable) serial numbers, the electronic parts of an electric guitar also give an indication. For example, the production code of the potentiometers can give an indication about the year of manufacture of the guitar.
Dating a guitar or amplifier(Fender) is based on the format of the serial number of that brand.
Each brand has its own coding method that has changed regularly over the years. As a result, certain brands have the same serial numbers, but with a different coding method, which creates overlaps.
There are also brands that repeat a serial number every decade.
Then the external characteristics of the guitar are important to place the dating in the correct decade. Connoisseurs and specialists, who can be found in the various guitar forums, can be of service in such a case.
Gibson Guitar Serial Number Checker
Guitar Lookup By Serial Number
GIBSON SERIAL NUMBERS: 0.35 Acoustic / 1.10 Quality Check List (White Paper) / 1.46 2019 Serial-Number / 2.15 HOW TO READ MODEL-NUMBERS / 3.30 Headstock-Numb. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with '94' for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number. Gibson USA 2014 to present – These serial numbers cannot be dated to a specific day of the year. Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars. An ink stamp on the back of the headstock which included either 5 or 6 digits. The first digit is the year and the other numbers are production numbers. This system is fairly reliable for guitars made from 1953 to 1961. Example: 3 0602 = 1953 Note. General Gibson serial number information. Gibson serial numbers are usually on the back of the guitars headstock; either stamped, inked or as a decal. Instruments with f-holes often have the serial number repeated on a label inside the guitar body. A lack of a serial number usually implies an instrument has been refinished.