Gibson serial numbers 1952 to 1961, solidbody model.
An inkstamped number from the back of the headstock.
Gibson released solidbodies in 1952. No serial numbers were used, Gibson just started therewith in 1953.
The first digit of the serial number is the last digit of the year.
If the stamped number consists 5 digits, there is a space between the first and second digit
(a separation between the last digit of the year and the actual serial number).
When a sixdigit serial number is concerned, there is no space, because the highest
number in four digits (9999) has been exceeded and so fills the space.
This was the case in the years 1955, 1956, 1959 and 1960.
In 1955, Gibson forgot to put back the serial number range to 0001.
So they had just put the year from 4 to 5.
For this reason, the array of fourdigit serial number was exceeded after 9999.
Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number.
(After 5 9999 came 510 000)
Evidently the production was high in 1956 because "6 9999" is exceeded.
Also in 1959 and 1960 there was a high production, "9 9999" is exceeded for "932 000" or higher.
Therefore, the production in 1959 may be a "1", "2" or "3" in the second digit.
Gibson stopped the stamped serial numbers at the end in 1960, although there are a few guitars made in 1961
with a "1" as a prefix.
Some lap steels and Les Paul's from 1961 have such a serial number.
Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials
had a fourdigit serial number.
1st digit

PRODUCTION YEAR

None 
1952 
3 
1953 
4 
1954 
5 
1955 
6 
1956 
7 
1957 
8 At the end of 1958 had some LP Juniors/Specials a fourdigit serial number without prior year digit. 
1958 
9 
1959 
0 
1960 
1 (rare) 
1961 
Gibson serial numbers, early to mid seventies.
From 1970 to 1975, the 6digit serial numbers randomly generated.
In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock.
For some instruments, preceded by a letter.
In 1970, the orange labels in the body of acoustic guitars were replaced by
white with orange rectangular labels. The electrical models were provided with
a rectangular with black and purple triangle.
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.
Gibson serial numbers, 19701975.
The same confusing sixdigit serial system of the sixties was maintained until 1975.
This means that instruments with the same serial number can be from the 60s or 70s.
Guitars got six digits in any order, and in some cases they were preceded by a letter that
none seemed to have no smeaningful sense.
Note that the series of between 1970 and 1975, may be an overlap
from production in 1964 and 1965.
The table below shows the years in which the numbers could relate.
Seral number range

PRODUCTION YEAR

000000  099999 
1973 
100000  199999 
1970  1975 
200000  299999 
1973  1975 
300000  399999 
1974  1975 
400000  499999 
1974  1975 
500000  599999 
1974  1975 
600000  699999 
1970  1972 and 1974  1975 
Serials 19772013.
The most sustainable numbering system Gibson was launched in 1977, an eightdigit number.
The first and fifth digit representing the year of manufacture.
The three intermediate digits, the day of that year. The digits to six to eight gave the serial number.
After opening of the new factory in Nashville, in the sequence numbers were also included the production site.
001 to 499 appeared on the instruments built in Kalamazoo, 500 to 999 built in Nashville.
Even after the closing of the factory in Kalamazoo in 1984, this process was continued until 1989 in Nashville.
In 2005 the system was upgraded to first digit at the end of the batch number was inserted.
The sequence numbers were 500 to 699, after which the batch number 1 was increased, and the number returned 500.
Gibson closed the Memphis plant in April 2019.
The production of the "USA made" solid body guitars is now only produced in Nashville.
Serial numbers 2014 to present.
Gibson's most simplest system was introduced in 2014.
A ninedigit serial number stamped. The first two digits indicate the year, the rest is the serial number for
all guitars produced that year. Every year starts with serial 0000001.

Gibson serial numbers, from February 1961 until 1970.
Gibson began a new series of numbering system in 1961.
They wanted to introduce a more structured series of sequences
but in practice, the opposite happened. During this period, numbers were reused,
and in many cases the numbers were not strictly applied for the consecutive years.
For all models, the serial number on the back of the headstock is stamped.
Some serial numbers are duplicated from 1963 to 1969.
From this period, the 5digit and 6digit numbers can be confused easily and gives the wrong date.
Serial

PRODUCTION YEAR

0100  42440 
1961 
42441  61180 
1962 
61450  64222 
1963 
64240  71040 
1964 
71041  96600 
1962 (some 1963 en 1964) 
96601  99999 
1963 
000001  099999 
1967 (all 6digit numbers starting with 0. are 1967) 
100000  106099 
1963 or 1967 
106100  106899 
1963 
109000  109999 
1963 or 1967 
110000  111549 
1963 
111550  115799 
1963 or 1967 
115800  118299 
1963 
118300  120999 
1963 or 1967 
121000  139999 
1963 
140000  140100 
1963 or 1967 
140101  144304 
1963 
144305  144380 
1964 
144381  149864 
1963 
149865  149891 
1964 
149892  152989 
1963 
152990  174222 
1964 
174223  176643 
1964 or 1965 
176644  250335 
1964 
250336  305983 
1965 
306000  310999 
1965 or 1967 
311000  320149 
1965 
320150  320699 
1967 
320700  329179 
1965 
329180  330199 
1965 or 1967 
330200  332240 
1965, 1967 or 1968 
332241  348092 
1965 
348093  349100 
1966 
349121  368638 
1965 
368640  369890 
1966 
370000  370999 
1967 
380000  385309 
1966 
390000  390998 
1967 
400001  406666 
1966 
406667  409670 
1966  1968 
409671  410900 
1966 
410901  419999 
(unknown) 
420000  429193 
1966 
500000  500999 
1965, 1966, 1968 or 1969 
501009  501600 
1965 
501601  501702 
1968 
501703  502706 
1965 or 1968 
503010  503109 
1968 
503405  520955 
1965 or 1968 
520956  530056 
1968 
530061  530850 
1966, 1968 or 1969 
530851  530993 
1968 or 1969 
530994  539999 
1969 
540000  540795 
1966 or 1969 
540796  545009 
1969 
555000  557999 
1966 
558000  567400 
1969 
570087  570643 
1966 
570645  570755 
1966 or 1967 
570857  570964 
1966 
580000  580080 
1969 
580086  580999 
1966, 1967 or 1969 
600000  600998 
1966, 1967, or 1968 (low end model) 
600000  606090 
1969 (high end model) 
700000  700799 
1966, 1967 or 1969 
750000  750999 
1966, 1967 or 1969 
800000  800999 
1966, 1967, 1968 or 1969 
801000  812838 
1966 or 1969 
812900  819999 
1969 
820000  820087 
1966 or 1969 
820088  823830 
1966 
824000  824999 
1969 
828002  847488 
1966 or 1969 
847499  858999 
1966 or 1969 
859001  891999 
1967 
892000  896999 
1968 
897000  898999 
1967 or 1969 
899000  899999 
1968 
900000  909999 
1970 
910000  999999 
1968 
