Dating a les paul
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.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 serial numbers of LSLPs have been a source for confusion and ire for decades.With some of the numbers being reused multiple times in other years of production, it is not a surprise that many have thrown their hands up in frustration and given up trying to make sense of them.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).
Those directories are good for most Gibsons, but Gibson themselves have been pretty spotty.
Many players don't, and sometimes (unless you bought it from new) it can be hard to tell.
Also, Gibson, as we all know, is one of the greatest manufactors of guitars, and having the status of one of the most desirable guitar brands ever has some disavantages, too: conterfeit Gibsons have been sold for many decades now, and many players sometimes don't even realise they've been fooled. This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.
This information is reliable as it is keyed to quite a few shipping dates confirmed by the actual shipping ledger.
Secondly, primarily for first time users and those needing a "quick and dirty" answer to what there guitar's serial number represents, I have created a "30 Second Guide" to identifying your guitar.
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There are two sections to this page: First, I have compiled information from hundreds of guitars to create a timeline/graph of 19.