How to Read the Serial Number on a Gibson Les Paul Guitar

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How to Read the Serial Number on a Gibson Les Paul Guitar
With some help from Gibson, you can determine the approximate date of manufacture of your Les Paul guitar. (vintage 5 image by Alfred Koch from

The Gibson Les Paul guitar is a true rock 'n' roll standard. In order to determine the authenticity of a Gibson Les Paul guitar, or to determine the approximate date of which one was manufactured, there is a process to "decode" the serial number to learn more about the history of the guitar. The year in which the Les Paul guitar was manufactured will determine how you will read the serial number on the guitar itself.

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  1. 1

    Locate the serial number on your Gibson Les Paul guitar.

  2. 2

    Type the serial number into the Guitar Dater Project website in the Resources section, and click "Submit." You can also add the model, if available, but it is not required.

  3. 3

    Study the information that is returned to you -- it will typically tell you which plant the guitar was manufactured at, the date of which it was manufactured, and its production number.

  4. 4

    Visit the Gibson website if your serial number does not return results on the Guitar Dater Project website. This can happen if the serial number is not recognised or if it is a guitar that was manufactured in 1977 or earlier, in which the Gibson serialisation manual will be helpful in determining the specifics of your guitar.

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