Gibson sg serial number dating
The book, which lists all the company's historical serial number schemes, is an invaluable resource when dating vintage Gibson guitars.
If you're still having trouble accurately dating your Gibson, take pictures of the guitar, including the serial number, and upload them to the customer service section on the company's website.
O.k., let’s take a look at the different time periods of serial numbers from Gibson Guitars.
The following serial numbers apply just to acoustic guitars.
The Montana factory uses production numbers 001-299 and this was from 1989, when that factory was opened.
A new system, introduced in 1961, was made to cover all of the instruments in Gibson’s line (not just acoustic guitars).
This was pretty poorly done though (IMO) and meant that some serial numbers were reused so a certain serial number could be from a guitar from different years.
Use the Blue Book of Electric Guitars, available for free at Gibson's website, to date your instrument if it has a different type of serial number.
Over the years, Gibson has gone through several different serial-number changes, sometimes resulting in multiple guitars with the same number.