Dating new gibson guitars
A new system was put in place in 1961 which was set up to include all the Gibson instrument lines.
Many players don't, and sometimes (unless you bought it from new) it can be hard to tell.
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).
Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars.
Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.