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You should be able to use this guide to determine the year of your instrument and then consult the Reverb Price Guide to find its value, all for free.
For many vintage instruments, determining the date of manufacture involves little more than running the serial number through a reference guide.
Whereas Martin guitars have been using a single, consistent numbering system since the 19th century, Gibson has used several different serial number formats since its inception in 1902, meaning that some formats and numbers overlap across decades.
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.
This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.
Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.
For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn's Guide or view the following PDF files: Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.
This is sometimes referred to as the slanted script logo.
The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.
For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.
Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.
There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.