Gibson Serial Numbers

Finding the year of a particular Gibson instrument is usually done by referencing the instrument's serial number or factory order number. The following information applies to all Gibson instruments including guitars, mandolins, lapsteels, basses and others. We have compiled a selection of links for you to check out.

The current system today uses an impressed eight digit number that includes a serial number and a date. Here's how the new system works :


  • YY is the production year 1st and 5th number.
  • DDD is the day of the year 2nd and 4th number.
  • PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank 6th and 8th number.

Gibson Serial Number Decoding Example:

82765501 = Instrument was produced on Oct. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.

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Compiled from these sources: A.R. Duchossior, W. Carter, G. Gruhn, E. Whitford, D. Vinopal, D. Erlewine.