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The sequence numbers were 500 to 699, after which the batch number 1 was increased, and the number returned 500. Gibson's most simplest system was introduced in 2014. The first two digits indicate the year, the rest is a serial number for all guitars produced that year.
Gibson serial numbers, from February 1961 until 1970.
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.
(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).
Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number.
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.
(After 5 9999 came 510 000) Evidently the production was high in 1956 because "6 9999" is exceeded.
Also in 19 there was a high production, "9 9999" is exceeded for "932 000" or higher.