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Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.
he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.
Again, that’s why Pot codes should always be used to reinforce the date of the guitar and not be the sole source.
Parts are often replaced and there are signs to look for which we’ll get more into in a later post.
The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.
The pattern is as follows: YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.