Dating epiphone les paul guitars
Therefore, the production in 1959 may be a "1", "2" or "3" in the second digit.Gibson stopped the stamped serial numbers at the end in 1960, although there are a few guitars made in 1961 with a "1" as a prefix.For all models, the serial number on the back of the headstock is stamped.
Note that the series of between 19, may be an overlap from production in 19.
Factory Order Numbers (FON) with a letter from 1935 to 1941.
FON consists a batch number of usually four digits, followed by a one letter (sometimes prefixed by a space) followed by one or two digits (ranking).
When a six-digit serial number is concerned, there is no space, because the highest number in four digits (9999) has been exceeded and so fills the space. In 1955, Gibson forgot to put back the serial number range to 0001. For this reason, the array of four-digit serial number was exceeded after 9999.
Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number.
The three intermediate digits, the day of that year. After opening of the new factory in Nashville, in the sequence numbers were also included the production site.