Hi I am looking for help on this Les paul. No Serial, doesn't say Les Paul on Headstock, tuners replaced, pot codes appear to be from R Is this a frankenstein? As it's being a ''75 model, never mind the missing 6-digit serial. It wouldn't help much with dating the guitar.
These features will narrow it down.
Other than that, I don't know any other details that changed, or could narrow it further. Pot codes: this guitar is NOT That pot has been replaced.
Finding the codes on the other pots, if they fit the dates this guitar was available, will give you a "not sooner than" date. Other than that, don't think you will get closer to an actual date.
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Some lap steels and Les Paul's from have such a serial number. Another exception to the above rules is in the fall of , where some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a . Dec 21, The most important dating feature on guitars with six-digit serial numbers is that, starting in , Gibson began stamping "Made In USA" near the serial number on the back of the headstock. Since the value of a Gibson Les Paul differs widely between an it is very important to pinpoint the year. Dec 15, Help Dating Les Paul Deluxe - No Serial number Hi I am looking for help on this Les paul. No Serial, doesnt say Les Paul on Headstock, tuners replaced, pot codes appear to be from (R). Is this a frankenstein? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Report post. Posted December 14, Thanks for any help you can offer.
Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Looks like a pancake body, 3 piece neck and a volute, so probably mid 70s. Pull the control plate and post the pot codes.
Hello and welcome to the Forums! The silk-screened "Les Paul model" logo is missing. Still a very nice guitar.
Best wishes In fact, without any other information about the guitar, the serial number is essentially worthless. This was mainly caused by Gibson trying to keep up with production while attempting to serialize everything accurately, as well.
Unfortunately, during extremely busy times, production simply trumped serialization.
Gibson has used numerous serialization systems over its plus-year history, and a majority of these numbers were used haphazardly-and rarely in consecutive order-until the system was standardized in Up until the early s, serial numbers were fairly consistent, but for most of the s and s, six-digit numbers were used pretty much at random. Duchossoir, the serial number you provided could have been used on Gibson guitars produced in, or Since the value of a Gibson Les Paul differs widely between an it is very important to pinpoint the year.
This only works if the pots are original. And because many manufacturers purchased pots in large quantities, the pots could sit on the shelves for weeks-if not months-before they were installed.
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Basically, dating the pots only confirms the earliest time the guitar could have been produced. Since your guitar has pots dating from and they appear to be original, we know it was produced in or later.
Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture. For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture. Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number. Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories. For guitars made prior to 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.
Now comes the identifying part. Your guitar has cosmetic features and specifications similar to a Les Paul Standard.
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However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between and it was officially reintroduced in The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, which was nearly identical to the Standard with the exception of mini-humbucker pickups, was produced during this time. Further, beginning inGibson began offering the Les Paul Deluxe with a special order of full-size humbuckers. I believe your guitar is a circa- Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.
Serial number is the th guitar built in May at the Qingdao factory in China. (Since Epiphone guitars have been produced in China) Five digit serial numbers. Five digits with a space after the first digit and custom shop on the back of the headstock, applied from to The first digit is the last digit of the. The Gibson serial number decoder Date a Gibson guitar by serial number From to Gibson have used an 8 digit serial number on all of their guitars. This can be easily decoded to show the exact day that the guitar was manufactured along with the location of the Gibson factory.
While the serial number could apply to and as well, it is widely reported that the pots were used in a timely manner from this era at Gibson. It appears that your pickups were changed at some point although the pickup openings seem to be originally cut for full-size humbuckersthe pickguard is absent, and the tip of the pickup switch is missing, as well.
Some serialization systems only apply to certain guitars, and in some cases the same serial number has been used on multiple guitars!
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