Question: How do I tell what year my Gibson Les Paul is?

The first digit of this style serial number indicates the last digit of the year it was manufactured. For example, this Les Pauls serial number is 7_6227 so it was made in 1957. This is how to date a Gibson Les Paul from the 1950s.

How do you tell what year my Gibson is?

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which weve been using since 2000. Examples: 9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with 9 used only in 1989)

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