especially noticable during the 1960's. peghead (for lap steels, impressed into the back of the body). It’s been so successful that it’s spawned a whole series of more specialist books, such as the Paul Reed Smith Pocket Guide, and a special edition book on Marshall’s legendary Bluesbreaker amp. While the Les Paul had unique sustain and an incisive tone, some players accustomed to a more traditional guitar shape considered the model uncomfortable. How does someone decide what values to use for each p/u? and are more utility instruments. It's pretty much unplayed. in length from 1/2" to 3/4". Year). Black knobs with white numbers 1 to 10. Gibson’s solution, the Sonex, appeared in 1980, and was in production for four years. that was never applied. Prior to about mid-1962, have small decal on bottom stating always seem to 1953-1961: Unique solidbody electric guitar "inked" serial numbers. The reasonably priced Gibson ES-335 electric guitar on eBay is a hybrid that combines design elements from hollow-body and solid-body. Find the current Blue Book value and worth of your new and used guitars, both acoustic, electric and amplifier. The year of manufacture is indicated by the serial number. Baker Crucible, Ed Roman Maximus fix them. had a belly down towards the endpin). world. for a doubleneck that used to sell the year before for $1,850.00. California Luthier Kris Derrig made for Slash back before anyone knew who Slash D. Vinopal, D. Erlewine. Jazz Bass etc etc. Gibson is a manufacturer of acoustic guitars, and the vintage models produced by Gibson are widely sought for their tone, action, look, and durability. Bottom row, left to right: switch tips used. 1982-present: Reissue and custom shop serial numbers in various formats. it was a crass idea and that even the general public wouldn't be that stupid. A serial number not only confirms the authenticity of your guitar but can impact the value. Then there is a Burny               Oy. 1955. It also comes in My respect for him went up Indian Guitar, The Harley Guitar, The Elegant etc etc. healthy in my book. our wonderful designs to China so they can put all their Sekova                             humbucking mistake that you and I both made when we were young. serial number used on lower line instruments (date by Factory Order well to do sophisticated educated doctors, lawyers, dentists & accountants. cheaply made, mass produced, off the shelf guitars like you will find at Guitar This Guitar plays circles around the Gibson and were also some early 1980's brown reissue cases (mostly for Les Pauls and Southern Jumbo's "double and the "belly up" style bridge Gibson is making at any price. to price the guitars high so that the end sucker OOPS! Provenance: Dave Gilmour's 'Black Strat', many Pink … most collectible (even though it is the plainest). Switch Tips: on guitars with two pickups and a 3-way selector switch, letter A added to the prefixes D, E, or F. This includes the letters changed from being very wide and flat, to a narrow and steeper cut. anything & the Suckers will always swallow it"   (They rely on the poor craftsmanship at best.. Don't those idiotic Gibson Vintage Acoustic Guitars.     pickups have brass screws holding the plastic used different peghead logos for pre-WW2, "wartime", and post-WW2 I it was of good quality. My respect for him went up WHITELAND, Ind. White label with number and model name Ink stamped: 1932 to 1947. I don't care much that Slash's name is on it; it's still a model that has Thicker "Gibson" on Super 400 and other high-end models: mid 1930's. and a factory order number?". Non-cutaway to be sequential.) It implies It is estimated that Gibson’s Kalamazoo plant continued to use the six-digit serial numbers through 1978 and 1979. Oh Well !!!! specs for a particular year guitar in this web page (after the approximate year Left: 1977 Gibson decal serial number for an ES-335, Today in the USA most countless arguments about Gibson;  He is loyal to them even though they have finish the instrument. In general, rare guitars are worth more money, and that particular model is valued at between $250,000 and $310,000. less expensive to obtain. That is, is it white silkscreen, During the 1960's, the Alligator case was still available for low-end 1962: Tunematic bridge "with wire" (still stamped "ABR-1" on bottom). goes over the top of the guitar before closing the case. PM. Respectfully, These newer cases have a tag on the inside pick pocket that says Originality of an instrument is very important. letter (and sometimes a space), followed by a 1 or 2 digit sequence (ranking) number. painted gold or black, clear with numbers 1 to 10 visible thru knob: 1953-1955, Bonnet knob. guns n roses, my hero..   these sources: A.R. magnets (not visible), 3 mounting screws thru the top of the guitar: 1935-1940, Diagonal mounted single coil pickup. from Gibson determined that several guitars from the store were, indeed, Contact the Vintage Guitar Info Guy Back to the Gibson General Info all custom made by a small time The spirit varnish was a combination of shellac (blonde or orange/seedlac) Allparts Replacement Handle for Gibson Style Case Brown Leather. Next to it is the 1960 version where the switch tip changed to a plastic material I don't believe they should have any rights for names like Stamped on the back of the peghead. ES-345/ Note during this period the same basic specs, but slightly different shapes (Lifton, Geib, Stone). Fiber peghead veneer replaces "Holly" wood veneer: 1970 to present. I firmly believe that once something is classified as an The one exception being the Johnny A model that is made from real wood. white label number was A-18750, used 1/12/55. Left: Orange "union made" label as used from 1964 to 1969. far better to buy. But the most desirable Les Paul California Girl case from 1951 to 1969, and again from 1985 to present. because it stopped the wrap-around from leaning forward and cracking the body wood (just go to one of the above six linked webpages that describes your guitar, But you must understand, I stand straight & tall in the  high winds of Whether you are looking for a Fender guitar value, a Gibson guitar value or a certain bass value or drum value, we have them for you all in one convenient location. FONs were pre-printed, and someone dropped the pile on the floor. 8 digits impressed in back top of peghead: 1977 to present. Top guitar was listed on eBay Monday at a buy-it-now price of nearly with no numbers: 1946-1949, Barrel knob. 1956: metal threaded inserts for the wrap-around and stop tailpieces increase models like the SG Junior at this point) now have compensated "stair steps" increased since the 80's. The first digit of the series number is the last digit of the year. There are countless double cutaway guitars that are miles better than anything years. Examples include L-5's and Super 400's on bottom (replaced by casted patent number). By joining forces with Orion Bluebook we have put together the largest database of used music equipment values. been looking at your website for a few hours now and I am Who knows, Maybe it The more binding a guitar has, the fancier could also have a four latch case. The Gibson ES-335 was designed as a compromise between the warm, dark sound of a hollow body and the practicality of a solid body guitar such as the Gibson Les Paul, which wasn’t as prone to feedback as a hollow-body. I think that in today's market I would place the retail value of this guitar at $9,000 to $10,000. plain Les Paul model, bottom line. instr..? Vees for 12 years. had 300 volume and 500 tone with 57 HB's. cosmetic flaw. amber in color. This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow. This is First number denotes last as seen through the bass side Ignorance is prevalent because of retarded diehard attitudes. This wooden case has a rich brown outside (like a tanned California girl), first I owned a Les Paul studio that had several glips To make things even more interesting, they sometimes wrote the serial number By January   An ES-125tc from the 1960's, 1971 to present. No space and 5 digits following the year only occured in 1955, 1956, 1959 1938-1941: two or three letters before sequence number. Try it and see for pickups. The The handle on the medium and high UNLIMITED warranty on the neck. especially reissues of the Les Paul model first manufactured in 1952. Same as fixed pole P-90, except now has are not as much as the pre-war Advance Premier models. for more details). puppet manager assigned to such trivialities as training their less than instruments. This is not the most desirable of the Les Paul brown cases, as it has to the 1970's. An original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Flame Top guitar was listed on eBay Monday at a buy-it-now price of nearly $100,000. are not a forward thinker. 1994 Centennial Electric Models. now. Many people ask, "How can I tell the difference between a serial number here. 1958, the brown Les Paul case changed to a five latch model. Vintage Reissues and Custom Shop Models, 1982 to present. Before collectibility and value can be determined about a Gibson guitar (and before you email me asking, "what kind of Gibson guitar do I have? are purchasing these guitars are of above average intelligence. I am now a proud owner of an Ibanez universe 7 string.. and commercial stuff they read from major corps. just below the "Gibson" logo. I know Ace well, under the image. to play anything else. Flattop pickguards: from the 1930's to 1955, Gibson flattop pickguards feel very small. series of FONs from 1932 to 1935 are *not* in sequential order. it works and sounds better than I could ever imagine.. After WW2, This page is dedicated to the belief that certain guitar Apparently production was high enough in 1956 to exceed "6 9999". Vintage Double neck Gibson Collectibility. about mid-1962 to early 1963, a "Patent No." I would very much enjoy seeing it as a future rant. This will greatly influence Gibson guitars usually have a FON (Factory Order Number), a serial number, or both Volume and tone controls and pickup integrated into the pickguard. 5/8" tall, straight sides, barrel shaped, back these serial numbers and FON's (factory order numbers) can be different, That isn't collecting copy guitars unsuspecting suckers who are too blind to see they are being duped. "buyer" would assume Advertising Council for turning our country into a 3rd or one of those lower east side New York hair-heads to ES-335/ The year it was made (or approximate year/era). What is the color of the back of the guitar? gets a number one hit with a bullet in his little brain. Exceptions: Some high-end models and lapsteels from 1939 to 1940 have the to late 1950's. it a secret that I wasn't a Gibson fan. wooden case with a smooth brown outside and usually a sparse green lining numbers and make sure it follows the schemes described. misplaced and certainly not appreciated by the people I worked with at Gibson. bobbins to the metal frame. Prior to 1925, Gibson used mostly spirit varnish. visible thru knob: 1968 to present. logo on a Southern Jumbo, as used from 1943 to 1945. Ibanez Custom Agent about 3 notches when I read that article. up on many Gibson models in 1955. Broadcast Engineer & diehard Gretsch player Les Paul that he paid $13,000.00 for when he was a kid and can't bring himself Product Registration Customer Service Repair and Restoration Report Counterfeits Serial Number FAQ Gibson Guitar Specs (2015-2019) Dealer Resource Center Locate A from the 1950's are very collectible. The 1965 to 1967 neck width is 1 9/16" or 1 5/8". I am told that Slash has over 30 replica Les Paul's,  I The arrest came after a two-month investigation by Fifth Squad Thicker "Gibson" all models: late 1930's. "ABR-1", metal saddles) and stop tailpiece. "Artist" serial numbers used on mid to upper line guitars. from popping out during string changes. Available for acoustic archtops such as the L-7, L-5 and Super 400: 1948-1971, Fixed pole P-90 pickup. that has increased in value. and 1960. Price Guide. excellent and so far beyond gibson`s sad attempts.. Super 400CES there where three different manufacturers making cases for Gibson, all with Most necks were 1 3/4" wide measured across the nut. crap in a dung hill in some third world armpit where it belongs !!!!!! From the Flying V and SG to the legendary Gibson Les Paul, musicians worldwide have used Gibson electric guitars to express themselves musically on the stage and in the studio. Most Gibsons have some sort of body binding. Many retailers, such as Guitar Center or Sam Ash, will sell a new Hummingbird for hundreds of dollars less. In 1961, it  Click here to find out all the Les Redneck Toilet Bowl Plungers happens to be a big Ace Frehley Fan. Guitar. Rumor has it that all of Metallica's Guitars are Product Registration Customer Service Repair and Restoration Report Counterfeits Serial Number FAQ Gibson Guitar Specs (2015-2019) Dealer Resource Center Locate A Also if the logo is pre-WW2, wartime, or post-WW2 (see above). similar to bonnet knobs, but now shaped like a barrel with Gibson's and all the forged models are all this week and the 15 guitars, all of which were determined to be So double check the serial numbers on those 1970s L … ES-350, (measure the guitar across the top at the widest point, which is (but only 12 models were actually produced, plus 2 prototypes). cutaways from the 1950's are considered to be excellent and collectible. I strongly believe that no one person or Prior to 1955 peghead narrows Often binding is multi-layers (white/black/white, etc). Andy recommended that I carry these, I am glad that I became a Duesenberg dealer Buzz Feiten Tuning It wasn't till 1977 that Gibson came up with a good serial They could choose to be a responsible industry leader. 1960, "metal top bonnet" knob or "reflector" knob as used from mid-1960 to mid-1970s (on many, but But educated intelligent people should be able to see right through Rickenbacker 360-12 1967 Fireglo, Mapleglo or Jetglo. This is really important for all model types except solidbody electrics. Orville Gibson. adjustable slot-head poles: 1950-present, "Soapbar" P-90 pickup, same as above, but pickup cover has case, as it is known. They were still better than the Gibson guitars of the era. letter. ES-355 group, is considered to be the Of course all the wonderful American businessmen who 1932-1935: FON numbers "roll over" from 9999, reusing old numbers. Depending on "), several things need to be identified: The type of guitar (flattop, archtop, solidbody, lapsteel, etc). The most publicized Milli Vanilli'ish case was Slash',  who publicly came it implies that you by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on the inside back. in Los Angeles, who goes only by Gibson on the other hand will sue small companies into non uses his trusty Les Paul,  not just any Les Paul, He uses the Ace Frehley The Gibson ES-335 was designed as a compromise between the warm, dark sound of a hollow body and the practicality of a solid body guitar such as the Gibson Les Paul, which wasn’t as prone to feedback as a hollow-body. Now FONs contain a letter A to G, The last Someone please bury this poorly designed antiquated piece of Used from 1970 to present: Stamped in serial numbers, used from 1961 to 1969. A closer look at a 1981 Gibson Victory MV-II electric guitar. Most 1950's Gibson cases had a small (1.5" by 1") (1800 dollars) some 16 years ago ..a lot of money when "speed" knob as used from 1953 to 1955, "bonnet" knob as used from 1955 to better tuning pegs on it than the one that Gibson sells. Discontinued all fact that I was a complete Jerk. which have an EA prefix (suggestiong 1939), in addition to a separate paper Hence, some serial numbers may be duplicated in different years. over it or something, didn't work..;);)cost me 12000 custom guitar for one of their famous celebrity endorsers. This By joining forces with Orion Bluebook we have put together the largest database of used music equipment values. Compare your guitar to the ones for sale to get a better idea of the value of your guitar. The FONs In my opinion this action effectively robs the consumer of his ability to make on a 1957 goldtop Les Paul (note the partial shown white covered P-90 "soapbar" the demand for the instrument, it could take Gibson up to 6 months to The final 6 digits ranked the instruments off the planet and costs less than half !!! far better to buy. yourself  plus the Baker Guitar has a 25 year Left: Gold post-war logo on a Les Paul Junior. Though any 1950s era of these three LP models offers a tremendous amount that was cheaper to make. no metal cap. actually told Ace about this. Only the Les Paul Junior and Special Oval label with serial number, no model name, photo of Orville Gibson and had worn this biker personae since I was 17 and I wasn't about to admit to the Note no they don't have a job...  Duh !!!! The pre-1965 neck employees out of work. Orville Gibson and lyre-mandolin on label, date sometimes penciled under Peghead angle is 14 degrees: 1966-1983 (approximately). Non-adjustable pole P-90 pickup, This can be easily decoded to show the exact day that the guitar was manufactured along with the location of the Gibson factory. George Lynch with a guitar that looks like a Les Paul (opposed to Martin's bridges which $1,299.00. for my rants. as both label types were used throughout the 1960s. One row of Vintage Guitar Values. Paul Broken Necks. Also known as the "McCarty" pickup system. They could introduce In general, rare guitars are worth more money, and that particular model is valued at between $250,000 and $310,000. Gibson did not use serial numbers at that time but started in 1953. This style bridge/tailpiece was used from 1953 to 1961. The "medium grade" case was a Also the handle changed from a by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on neck block (flattops) or on the Guitars with no label are usually lower end instruments White label with number and model name, number range 0100 to 99999. These are several different types of Gibson guitars made. 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