For example some Lloyd Loar mandolins had this finish. The new low-end case was a black softshell with a plush deep red lining. These markings were stamped into the wood on the back of the peghead. Also 1957 to early 1959 P. Geib cases are seen mostly in the early 1950's, and Lifton cases in the mid to late 1950's.
Generally speaking, Gibson doesn't have much of a reputation as an electric bass maker. Next Determine the Exact Model. These thinline, fully hollow, models are somewhat collectible. For this reason, the array of four-digit serial number was exceeded after 9999. General Gibson serial number information Gibson serial numbers are usually on the back of the guitars headstock; either stamped, inked or as a decal. Corrections and additions to this section will be made as necessary.
That is, 55555 is not the same number as 555555 but when reading the number off the back of a Gibson peghead, these two numbers do look very similar! Also mid to top end instruments usually have a label inside the guitar with the serial number. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. Serial numbers 2014 to present. Most 1950's Gibson cases had a small 1. The Les Paul models from the 1950's along with the Korina and are some of the most collectible solidbody production guitars.
The black outside changed from smooth to rough during different periods of the 1960's. Example: 7 5123 is the 123rd 1957 reissue model produced in 2005. You can see the color of the wire bobbins by removing the small underside mounting screw instead of removing the pickup cover. Examples are as follows: 722 A 23 465 D 58 863 E 02. All models, stamped in back top of headstock. Many electric archtop models also converted to the tunematic bridge.
Some lap steels and Les Paul's from 1961 have such a serial number. Gibson released solidbodies in 1952. Gibson always used nitrocellulose lacquer for all instruments from 1925 to present. The first and fifth digit representing the year of manufacture. Most instruments can be dated to within 1-2 years without a serial number. All models, stamped in back top of peghead.
Note white label numbers A-18751 to A-20000 were not used. . The most collectible Gibson archtops are the larger models made from the early 1930's to 1959. Check out the Bowtie Page: Many eyebrows take a slight upward tilt when someone mentions the possibility of a Prewar Flathead tonering that has turned up without a banjo. This was mainly caused by Gibson trying to keep up with production while attempting to serialize everything accurately, as well. Hand ink or penciled some overlap with previous style : 1908 to 1932.
If follows there is a third letter E, it stands for Electric. Or it might be an eight-digit serial number that indicates it was built on the 700th day of the year. Range 5xxxH to 8xxxH 1943 Range generally 9xx to 22xx, depending on the model. In the 1970's, the new high-end case was still a wooden case with a black outside, but a deep red inside. Most 1957 humbucking pickups first year have no decal, and a more squarish stainless steel cover. Mandolins from 1904 to 1909 have a better design, but still lack sound.
Gibson Non-Hyphen Serial Numbers, 1902 to 1947. Used on upper line models: 1954-1957. Today, the pedal steel has made the lapsteel obsolete. As for binding, all bindings were scraped clean of varnish and stain at the end of the finishing process. It appears that your pickups were changed at some point although the pickup openings seem to be originally cut for full-size humbuckers , the pickguard is absent, and the tip of the pickup switch is missing, as well.