Dating a gibson by serial number acoustics and electric archtops 19021961 19021947 gibsons earliest serialization system was more or less sequential where each new instrument was assigned the next highest available number below is a table of the the highest known number for.
Gibson has had so many different schemes over the years and now were using reissue serial numbers that look like the old serial numbers inside a locked closet just outside davidsons office are some of gibsons most enduring written materialsshipping records dating from 1936 to 1970.
The gibson serial number decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 factories for guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function this new function will try to match the serial number against older formats details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.
Gibson stopped the stamped serial numbers at the end in 1960 although there are a few guitars made in 1961 with a 1 as a prefix some lap steels and les pauls from 1961 have such a serial number another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958 where a some les paul juniors and specials had a fourdigit serial number.
Gibsons f o n system in addition to the serial number information gibson also used factory order numbers f o n to track batches of instruments being produced at the time in the earlier years at gibson guitars were normally built in batches of 40 instruments.