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The first and fifth digit representing the year of manufacture.
The three intermediate digits, the day of that year. After opening of the new factory in Nashville, in the sequence numbers were also included the production site.
Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..
From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.
However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.
If follows there is a third letter E, it stands for Electric.
Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
The electrical models were provided with a rectangular with black and purple triangle.
When a six-digit serial number is concerned, there is no space, because the highest number in four digits (9999) has been exceeded and so fills the space. In 1955, Gibson forgot to put back the serial number range to 0001. For this reason, the array of four-digit serial number was exceeded after 9999.
Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number.
It was also from 1970 "MADE IN USA" stamped on the back of the headstock.
Some instruments from the fifties also had been such a stamp. At serialization in the 70s a random method was used.
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Therefore, the production in 1959 may be a "1", "2" or "3" in the second digit.