However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.
If follows there is a third letter E, it stands for Electric.
Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
The first digit is the year and the other numbers are production numbers.
Can anyone point me in the right direction for checking out serial/details of a potential purchase I'm about to make?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.For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.