How do you read a Gibson Custom Shop serial number?

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we’ve been using since 2000.

How do you date a 1970s Gibson SG?

6 digits or less with MADE IN USA: The MADE IN USA stamp starts in about 1970. Guitars with this large stamp were not made before 1970. 8 digit serial number impressed on the headstock: these guitars were made after 1977. The first and fifth digit will indicated the last two digits of the year it was made.

How do you tell what year your guitar was made?

For US instruments, the serial number will start with a letter. That letter indicates the decade. The second character will usually be a number. That number indicates the specific year.

How do you date a Gibson SG Standard?

Gibson’s then most sustainable numbering system was launched in August 1977, with a stamped-in 8-digit number. The 1st and 5th digit represent the year of manufacture. The 3 digits in-between denote the day of that year, while digits 6 to 8 give the production number.

What color is the Gibson SG Custom?

Initially, Gibson only listed white as a finish for the SG Custom, and it is this colour that is most associated with this guitar. The gold hardware stood out against the white body giving this guitar a very flashy appearance. But by the end of the decade, White was dropped in favour of Walnut.

When did the Gibson SG become a solidbody guitar?

By late 1963, the Les Paul moniker was dropped, and the SG (or Solid Guitar) became an entirely separate model. The SG has remained in steady production ever since earning a place as one of the truly classic solidbody guitars.

When did the Gibson SG Custom get a Bigsby vibrato?

From June 1973, Gibson started advertising the SG Custom with a Bigsby vibrato, or an optional stop tailpiece. As the decade wore on, it became very much the Bigsby that was the option.

What kind of fretboard does the Les Paul have?

It had the high-end split-diamond headstock inlay, and mother of pearl block fingerboard markers in an ebony fretboard. It was initially a redesigned Les Paul Custom, and was named as such initially.