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"A" style serial numbers as used from 1947 to 1961.Left: Oval white label as used from spring 1947 to January 1955.Left: The "inked on" serial number on a 1955 Les Paul standard solidbody guitar.This style serial number was used on all 1953 to 1960 solidbody Gibson guitars.We’re not talking about dinner and a movie, of course…For my first blog post on dating instruments, I’d thought I’d talk about potentiometer or, “Pot” codes which can be used to help date almost all electric instruments, amplifiers, and effects pedals made in the U. The Pots are the small parts responsible for the volume and tone controls.1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.
Six digits were changed to seven starting in the 1960’s making the year two digits instead of only one.The number in the middle is from 1964 (on an ES-335), and the number in the right is from 1961 (on an Les Paul TV Special).Note the lack of "Made in USA", thus denoting these are pre-1970 guitars.However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.