Gibson serial number identification and dating utilizes an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions the pattern is as follows: ydddyppp yy is the production year the discontinued gibson usa joe perry signature les paul made has a standard 8 digit serial number. Les paul r8 serial number dating discussion in 'historics & reissues' started by mr jackal, mar 5, 2012 page 1 of 3 1 2 3 next gibson custom 1952-1960 les paul, explorer, flying v, and futura reissues (since late 1992): m yrrr or myrrrr m is the model year being reissued.
The gibson serial number decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 factories 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. 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) most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.
Dating a vintage les paul if this is your first visit, be sure to check out the faq by clicking the link above you may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. How to date a gibson using serial numbers, fons and logos published sep 23, 2016 by cole makuch dating a gibson by factory order number (fon) 1973 les paul custom starting in 1970, ‘made in usa’ was stamped on the headstock below the serial number.
Since the value of a gibson les paul differs widely between 1970 and 1975, it is very important to pinpoint the year as for dating pots, you are correct that the fourth and fifth numbers of the potentiometer date code indicate the last two digits of the year (that is, the “71” in your serial number stands for 1971.