Lloyd Williams serves as General Manager and Director of Asian Manufacturing Gibson China and Scott Lewis is the GQ Plant Manager.
he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.
In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.
The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.
Below we have listings of guitar dating and serial number information sites and other resources.
While dating your electric guitar or acoustic guitar can be tricky, the places listed below should give you an idea of the date for your vintage guitar through its serial number.
The charts below are excerpts from our Registry database of documented Epiphone guitars, mandolins and amplifiers of the c.1928–1956 era (pre-Gibson).
As a result, Epiphone established the first permanent presence by an American guitar brand in 1992 with the opening of our Epiphone Korea office which played a daily hands-on role in selecting and sourcing parts and materials as well as closely controlling quality.There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.Some of those include variables such as refinished bodies or necks, replaced parts, refrets, and overall condition of the guitar.The effectiveness of combining Epiphone and Gibson expertise and experience with Asian production efficiencies ushered in a new era for Epiphone and brought about exceptional instruments at price points the average working musician could afford.That tradition continues today at Epiphone’s Gibson Qingdao (GQ) factory near Qingdao, China where only Epiphone instruments are crafted.