Dating a gibson guitar
The three digit codes will have one digit for the last number of the year and two digits for the week of the year.
The four digit codes will have two digits for the last two numbers of the year and two digits for the week of the year.
From 2014 onwards Gibson changed the serial number format to a simplified 9 digit number which can still be used to find the year of manufacture.
For earlier guitars or if this tool fails you can use the pot decoder to get a date of manufacture for the pots.
Named after the founding father of Gibson guitars, Orville H.
Gibson, these fully-authorized Japanese guitars came into existence through partnershipsbetween Gibson USA and various Japanese manufacturers and dealers (such as Aria, Matsumoku and Yamano Music) that extend back into the 1970s.
The serial number can be found on the back of the guitar's headstock.
Determining the year of manufacture for your vintage guitar is very important.
This decoder currently supports Gibson guitars from 1977 to date (older guitars coming soon).The bottom right pot has the numbers “1376xxx” visible.The pot above that one seems to indicate “13767xx” indicating 1967.There is no pesky solder in the way so we can easily decipher this code.“1376542” reads 137 (CTS brand), 65 (1965) and 42 (42nd week of the year).
On this guitar, the top two are volume and tone for the neck pickup and the bottom two are volume and tone for the bridge pickup.