My friend is lending me his Epiphone Flying V, and I'm trying to track down more information about it.
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 manufacturers of guitars, and having the status of one of the most desirable guitar brands ever has some disadvantages, too: counterfeit 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.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
The only difference from the 1977-2005 is the addition of this batch indicator.
YDDDYBPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year B is the batch number PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.
2005-Current- Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005.
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once 699 is stamped, the batch number will change to 1.
Electric Guitars built at the Gibson USA plant in Nashville are ranked from 500-999.
Prior to 1984, the numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production.
Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.