Dating a gibson custom shop guitar
Right: Orange label as used from January 1955 to 1964.The 1964 to 1969 orange labels are identical, except for the added text "union made".
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.."A" style serial numbers as used from 1947 to 1961.Left: Oval white label as used from spring 1947 to January 1955.Since 1994, The Music Zoo has been a destination for musicians around New York City and on Long Island.Our commitment to personalized service, custom instruments, and great prices have made us the first choice for players worldwide as well.Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.
Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported 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.
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Left: The "inked on" serial number on a 1955 Les Paul standard solidbody guitar.