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The three intermediate digits, the day of that year. After opening of the new factory in Nashville, in the sequence numbers were also included the production site.
Gibson serial numbers, from February 1961 until 1970.When a six-digit serial number is concerned, there is no space, because the highest number in four digits (9999) has been exceeded and so fills the space. In 1955, Gibson forgot to put back the serial number range to 0001. For this reason, the array of four-digit serial number was exceeded after 9999.Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number.Factory Order numbers with a letter from 1952 to 1961.The letter preceding the batch number in the FON, and indicates the year of production. Y1234 23 This were used from 1952 to 1961 on archtop models and stamped on the inside of the F-hole. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. No serial numbers were used, Gibson just started therewith in 1953.
The table below shows the years in which the numbers could relate. The most sustainable numbering system Gibson was launched in 1977, an eight-digit number.