Gibson custom shop serial dating
For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn's Guide or view the following PDF files: If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, download it here.
Corrections and additions to this section will be made as necessary.
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.
The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999.
Custom Shop Custom Shop regular production models CS YRRRR or CS YXRRRR CS stands for “Custom Shop” Y indicates the production year X – When present indicates the factory (5 = Memphis 0 = Nashville) RRRR indicates the guitar’s place in the sequence of production Example: CS10845 is the 845th reg. Example in the photo above: CS 204247 indicates a Nashville CS guitar Reissue custom shop models and Vintage Old Specification (VOS) follow the normal serial rules but come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and sometimes a special stamp on the back of the neck.
NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.