As one of the oldest and most widely recognized brands in music, Gibson has crafted some of the most cherished and valuable instruments of all time. Determining exactly when your Gibson specimen was made can have high stakes attached to it. A difference of only one year - sometimes even several months - can mean a four-figure difference in value. Our hope is to make the dating process and, in turn, the valuation as easy, accurate and transparent as possible. You should be able to use this guide to determine the year of your instrument and then consult the Reverb Price Guide to find its value, all for free. For many vintage instruments, determining the date of manufacture involves little more than running the serial number through a reference guide.
Fender Mexican Guitar Serial Dating - Guitar Nucleus
Also see Headstock Styles and Logo Styles for help determining when your guitar was made particularly helpful if there is no serial number. Note 2: Guitars with no serial number were produced at many different times. Samick branded models did not start using serials until around Also, the Indonesian factory did not use serials from it's opening in until around However, there were also some Korean Artist Series Strats made around with no serial numbers, and many Korean-made Japanese Market models had no serial numbers as well. The significance of this format is unknown.
How to Date your Fender Guitar
Dating a guitar is not only a useful and interesting thing to be able to do, in financial and historical terms it is vital. Even if you are not planning to sell your guitar knowing a bit about when it was made is a fun thing to do, from there you can read about the history of the company and work out just where your guitar fits into the story. If you are looking to buy or sell your Telecaster then the date is vital, this helps provide a provenance or authentic record for the guitar in question and that is one of the key factors which dictates its value.
Electra History. Dating your Electra: Matsumoku made guitars have serial number in which the first one or two digits represent the year of manufacture. A guitar with a serial number that begins in "0" or "80" would have been built in this is just a guideline and DOES NOT apply to all Electra models but seems a safe bet for guitars.