On todays new models from gibson usa memphis and acoustic the first and fifth number in the sequence signify the year a guitar was built and the second third.
Dating gibson guitars by reference of serial numbers 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.
Beginning of the production run while the serial number was recorded later before shipping the serial number would properly indicate the actual date of the guitar f o n examples run thus y 2230 21 v 4867 8 r 6785 15 code letter and year z 1952 y 1953 x 1954 w 1955 v 1956 u 1957 t 1958 s 1959 r 1960 q 1961 after 1961 the use of fons was discontinued at gibson.
Gibson es335 electric thinline guitar description gibson es335 electric thinline archtop guitar available 1958 to 1981 but reissued by gibson as a reissue dotneck in 1981 case brown hardshell case with a pink lining was the topend gibson case from 1958 to 1961 then in 1962 the case changed to a black outside with a yellow plush interior.
Span classnews_dtdec 31 2009spannbsp018332just picked up what i think is a 68 es335 in naturalblond over the weekend the serial is 512222 i did not see that number configuration on the gibson sn site.
An es335 with sn 896500 is a 1968 job 1968 895039896999 my es335 tdc was purchased by me in 1966 sn 805807 and has an oval sticker gibsons serial numbering system is.
Most gear has a serial number either printed on a label inside it or stamped into the headstock or neck plate use our dating guides below to figure out when your instrument was made and where it.
The number in the middle is from 1964 on an es335 and the number in the right is from 1961 on an les paul tv special note the lack of made in usa thus denoting these are pre1970 guitars gibson serial numbers feb 1961 to 1970.
In 1981 gibson replaced the es335td with the es335 dot which was based on the 1960 gibson es335 this new dot was produced throughout the 1980s without any major changes if your guitar was all stock and in mint condition it would be worth somewhere between 2400 and 2750.
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