All stamps in the same size type

Dating old gibson guitars

For example some Lloyd Loar mandolins had this finish. This is particularly noticable by the neck pickup pickguard attachment point. What I'm saying is that pot and capacitory date codes are not a reliable indicator of guitar build dates.

As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. More info on Kluson tuners can be found here. It's worth mentioning since a lot of people rely on pot dates.

This case was very popular for Les Pauls. Only the first number before the hyphen determines the year. Code is either ink stamped onto the label or impressed into the back of the peghead for lap steels, impressed into the back of the body.

As you have probably

There are two styles of this knob. The inside is a deep maroon color.

The exterior lubrication holes can be either small or large though most are large hole. Tunematic bridge uses white nylon saddles instead of nickel plated brass saddles.

This case also often had a hard thin brown plastic handle that cracked very easily. Note the different position of the markings, even on pots from the same maker.

Some models never got these knobs such as the and later Les Pauls. No serial number used on lower line instruments date by Factory Order Number. How the Source-Date Code Works. Also, examine the placement and style of the numbers and make sure it follows the schemes described.

This is very similar to Behlen's Violin Varnish still available today. This seems silly, as we're talking about electronic parts not eggs. Note that all staining was done with water based aniline dyes directly on the wood. Gibson always used nitrocellulose lacquer for all instruments from to present. Ink stamped, not penciled.

More info on Kluson tuners

This was located on the side of the case by the handle. Volume and tone controls and pickup integrated into the pickguard. Note the font style of the source-date code number always seems to be the same, for all speaker manufacturers. Again, this stamp is seen on the back of the peghead.

Starting in mid, they switched to a much whiter and slightly rounder tip plastic switch tip. Gibson serial number consistency was never given much thought, as Gibson changed serial number system many times. You can see the color of the wire bobbins by removing the small underside mounting screw instead of removing the pickup cover.