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It didn’t get any less confusing during this time either. 6 Digit Serial numbers were still used so a lot of the same numbers were also used on 1960s models.The biggest telling factors for guitars from this period, as opposed to the guitars from 1961 to 1969 is the “Made in U. To make matters even more confusing, there wasn’t really an order for these serial numbers – so you could have something from 1975 that started with a 1 and something from 1972 that started with a 9. These serial numbers started with either “96” “00” or “06” with the 96 representing 1975, the 00 representing 1976 and 06 representing 1977.During this period, the system was actually relatively simple. The chart below shows the year that relates to the serial number.The serial numbers shown represent the approximate last serial number for that year.
So this serial number represents the 45th guitar built on February 4, 1981 in the Kalamazoo factory.
The first serial number for acoustic guitars was 100.
Once the serial numbers hit 99999, Gibson decided to change to a new system, rather than go into 6 digits.
Guitars built in the Nashville Factory from 1990 onwards have production numbers 300-999 – so the first guitar produced that day would have the production number 300.
The Montana factory uses production numbers 001-299 and this was from 1989, when that factory was opened.
There are guitars that will be exceptions within all of these time periods.