Guitars with nickel or chrome hardware should have silver caps. Dating a Gibson by Serial Number. Not an easy task through the f-hole, but if you have a small mirror and flashlight, and the back of the pot cans aren't all covered with solder, it will give you a good idea of when the guitar was built. Factory Order Numbers with 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on neck block flattops or on the inside back, Postwar full depth, non-cutaway models were generally designed as student models and are not very valuable. After WW2, lower-line Gibson vintage instruments did not have a label to designate the model. Posted August 28,
Gibson Serial Numbers
Would I be correct in assuming that the 4 digit number following the W is the numbers of this guitar produced at that time and mine would be the three thousand two hundred and nineteenth one produced in that batch?
How To Date Your Gibson Guitar
This is very similar to Behlen's Violin Varnish still available today. BGN instruments are worth less than a second instrument because these tend to have some fairly serious cosmetic flaw. Gibson Serial Numbers, Paste as plain text instead.