The numbers were once again located on the back of the headstock and would have been printed in Gold, Black or White (depending on the color of the guitar).As an example, serial number 68409 would break down as: 6: June 8: 1968 409: Unit number As an example, serial number 109837 would break down as: 10: November 9: 1969 837: Unit number Obviously, with the change of the decade, there is plenty of room for confusion in interpreting the numbers.The numbers for the months, October (10), November (11), and December (12), can also be interpreted as (10) January 1970, (11) January 1971 and (12) January 1972.
For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn's Guide or view the following PDF files: If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, download it here.
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“Made In USA” was added to the serial number stamp and the numbers were date coded in the same way that they had been between ’65 and ’67.
These serial numbers were also either 5 or 6 digit numbers, depending on the month of production.
Thank you for your time and look forward to your reply. Hi, I have an Epiphone Riviera in wine red that I bought a few years ago.
Hi there I am trying to date my PR 350e and find out country of manufacture. The guy who sold it to me said it was made in Japan in the very early 1970s, most likely 1971.
In January of 2003 the serial number scheme changed from the system previously used by Gretsch Guitars.
The first two digits identify the year of production and the second two digits identify the production month.
It has an orange label inside the F-hole with the serial number 93166 on it.