Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson collecting vintage gibson guitars Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson collecting vintage gibson guitars

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Bottom row black knobs, left to right: White label with number and model name, number range to These were only sold to employees at substantial discounts. All models made during WW2.

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Coworker hookup stories there is no more than 46 instruments sequence numbers per batch. A mid's "Patent No.

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Again Phillips head screws started to be used at Gibson in the phillips head screw was original patented in Note the "-" after the "A" was dropped for the orange labels. It wasn't till that Gibson came up with a good serial number system that will last them indefinately.

Looks like a hat box, flared base, back painted gold or black, clear with numbers 1 to 10 visible thru knob: Range 5xxxH to 8xxxH Range generally 9xx to 22xx, depending on the model.

Hand ink or penciled some overlap with previous style: Kluson Deluxe Tuner specs models including 3-on-a-plate and "tulip" designs: Gibson always used nitrocellulose lacquer for all instruments from to present.

First letter, indicates the year. Used on some models ES and ES until First cataloged as a "conversion" pickup.

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Some low end models with no numbers. Available with 1 or 2 pickups. If the ink stamped number consists of 5 digits, there will be a space between the first and second numbers separating the last digit of the year from the actual serial number.

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The inside is a deep maroon color. Second letter, if there is one, indicates the brand of the instrument: When Gibson was bought by Norlin inthousands of these labels were discarded and replaced with white and purple "Norlin" labels.

This is very similar to Behlen's Violin Varnish still available today. Thin neck back shape, even compared to today's standards these necks don't have much wood behind the fingerboard and feel very thin.

Metal saddles replace the nylon saddles on the tunematic bridge.

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This style stamp was used on instruments exported to Canada during the ss this is a LP Junior. Instead, Gibson just ink stamped the model number inside on hollow body instruments.

Methods For Dating a Gibson Instrument

Oval white label as used from spring to January Many older instruments may have reproduction or other non-original parts, including a non-original finish. Stamped on the back of the peghead. This happened only in, and when production required a number above "", thus occupying the space. Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter Q to Z, ink stamped on inside back, all hollowbody models.

A picture of a mid's Les Paul brown case is here. Still no outside hole in the metal tuner cover for the tuner worm shaft. Thus, the older Gibson guitars may have a serial number and a F O N. Also in and there was a high production, "9 " is exceeded for " " or higher.

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Therefore, the production in may be a "1", "2" or "3" in the second digit. Also known as the "McCarty" pickup system. With vintage Gibsons selling at auction for as much as half a million dollars, Davidson will sometimes roll up his sleeves and poke around in the ledgers, but only as time allows.