In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. Next, check for the serial number on the back of the headstock. Modern numbers are 9 digits but older/vintage Gibson guitars are much shorter.
By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.
From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock, this should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows: In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.
The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.
My son has a studio Les Paul, serial number 93050303.
I know these numbers are different for the studio Les Paul and wondered if anyone knew if there is a list of these serial numbers. : HOW CAN YOU TELL THE AGE OF A VINTAGE GIBSON BY THE SERIAL NUMBER????
Secondly, primarily for first time users and those needing a "quick and dirty" answer to what there guitar's serial number represents, I have created a "30 Second Guide" to identifying your guitar.
Brian i am buying a les paul..there are two tone nobs and they are at the bottom of the guitar instead of just one on the top...
The last three numbers indicate the plant where it was made and days prodution number.
Chinese counterfeiters are starting to improve their fakes to the point where it's almost impossible for a beginner to know whether a Gibson is made by Gibson USA or some factory in China! Only the newer ones have the year on them so it's not necessarily a fake if it's not there.
First of all, if anyone, especially a seller based in China is selling a Gibson Les Paul for an alarmingly low price, you probably want to pass. Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked (with too much ink).
There are two sections to this page: First, I have compiled information from hundreds of guitars to create a timeline/graph of 19.