Les Paul Classic, present

Dating a vintage gibson acoustic guitar

Most humbucking pickups first year

The serial numbers Gibson used, particularly from are often very difficult to interpret. If the instrument was a flat top guitar, this number was ink stamped inside the round soundhole on the inside back of the guitar. Metal saddles replace the nylon saddles on the tunematic bridge.

The edges were cut beveled to make them look like they had binding. Instruments made at Nashville are numbered beginning with each day. Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can't help them with these other less popular brands. This is very rare, but seen on a few lap steels pressed in serial numbers started in for all Gibson instruments and a few Les Paul models.

The handle on the medium and high grade cases was leather covered metal. Most humbucking pickups first year have no decal, and a more squarish stainless steel cover.

There are subtle changes in most Gibson guitars over the course of their production runs, and, you can usually date a guitar by physical features. If so, you can check the pot or speaker for the source-date code, and determine an approximate age from that.

This was short lived though. The source-date code on a speaker. This material can deteriote with time the tortoise colored pickguards especially exhibit this trait. In either case, the code works the same.

The handle on the