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I saw that you can check when and where your LP was made by looking at the serial number on the back of the headstock. I found a couple of websites that do that automatically for you and... I got different answers from every single websites I tried.
I bought my LP Classic this spring at a Guitar Center. The serial number "080144" and the words "MADE IN U.S.A." are imprinted in the headstock. Any idea where and when it was made?
Thanks for your help, and happy holidays!
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That's one of the websites I had used before, and it says it was made between 1970 and 1972, either in MI or TN...
I would have never thought this axe is older than me (born 1979) !!!
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#4
Gibsons site will help with the dating. But their PDF is a mutha-fuka to read thru and understand.

but www.guitardaterproject.org is probably the best.
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Gibsons site will help with the dating. But their PDF is a mutha-fuka to read thru and understand.
but www.guitardaterproject.org is probably the best.

I looked at the PDF (11th version) on the Gibson website, and according to that the guitar was made in 1973 in Kalamazoo, MI (the Nashville, TN plant had not opened yet). Still older than me but different answer from GuitarDaterProject...
So, still confused...
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#6
I found this on Gibson.com in the Pdf.
From 1970-1975 the method of serializing instruments at Gibson became even more random. All numbers were impressed into the wood and a six digit number assigned, though no particular order was given and some instruments had a letter prefix.
In 1970, the words "MADE IN USA" was impressed into the back of instrument headstocks (though a few instruments from the 1950s also had MADE IN USA impressed into their headstocks as well).
Year(s) Approximate Series Manufacture
1970, 1971, and 1972 100000s, 600000s, 700000s, 900000s
1973 000001s, 100000s, 200000s, 800000s and a few “A” + 6 digit numbers
1974 and 1975 100000s, 200000s, 300000s, 400000s,500000s, 600000s, 800000s
and a few A-B-C-D-E-F + 6 digit numbers

Based on that I would say yours was made in 1973 in Kalamazoo, MI.

In your sig it says Gibson Les Paul Classic 60's neck. Would Gibson have made one in '73 and labeled it a 60's neck? I don't know when they started that. I also found this on Gibson.com. It describes the serial numbers on recent versions of the Les Paul Classic.

Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. 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. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

Examples -
9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with "9" used only in 1989)
0 xxxx = 1990
9 xxxx = 1999
00xxxx = 2000
05xxxx = 2005

This part doesn't match yours - Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" but they might have changed that in '08 and didn't update their SN info. If yours is one of the newer ones it would be an '08 according to the SN.

I don't know for sure but if it's old it's a '73 model and if it's new it's an '08.