Dating new gibson guitars
The thickness of the headstock, however, is not as vulnerable to modification or replacement.Before mid-1950, most Gibson headstocks were thinner at the top when looked at from a side profile. Gibson has historically used two different alpha-numerical formats to catalog its instruments: serial numbers and FONs (Factory Order Numbers).Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.Determining exactly when your Gibson specimen was made can have high stakes attached to it.A difference of only one year - sometimes even several months - can mean a four-figure difference in value.
1947 to Present The block logo debuted after WWII and remains the face of the company.
There were minute changes to which letters were connected in the font between 1961 to 1981, but the main logo had the same look.
again in 1972, with the rest following suit from 1981 onward.
The most general physical piece of evidence on the instrument, however, is going to be the logo on the headstock.
Here's a look at the different logos Gibson used during each major era of manufacturing.
Our hope is to make the dating process and, in turn, the valuation as easy, accurate and transparent as possible.