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Gibson has used numerous serialization systems over its 100-plus-year history, and a majority of these numbers were used haphazardly—and rarely in consecutive order—until the system was standardized in 1977.
Up until the early 1960s, serial numbers were fairly consistent, but for most of the 1960s and 1970s, six-digit numbers were used pretty much at random.
I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.
I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.
Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
The serial number is 676323, and “Made in USA” is stamped below that.
There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.
Based on the charts originally compiled from Gibson’s shipping ledgers by author A. Duchossoir, the serial number you provided could have been used on Gibson guitars produced in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, or 1975.
The most important dating feature on guitars with six-digit serial numbers is that, starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made In USA” near the serial number on the back of the headstock.
It has an ebony fretboard so the question is: is it a rare thing to see ebony on a dlx ?
Many guitar players modified these guitars , Hi shawn saw the pics , its definitely not a deluxe , theres supposed to be the name “deluxe” on the truss rod cover and “les paul” on the peghead under the gibson logo , its a total different guitar.
For many Gibson owners, it’s hard to believe that an individual serial number won’t automatically indicate the year and model of the guitar in question.