#1
A couple local pawn shop gets alot of guitars thru them and at times some high end ones. One of them has a Gibson ES 175. It looks fairly old but in good condition if it's as old as it looks. Where are the serial numbers to be found and if I get tem can Gibson tell me when it was made.
It's only selling for $1200 and think if it's a very early (prior to mid 60's) it might be a good investment. Some imput would be helpful.
#2
Usually on the headstock, but some have the SN on a sticker that is visible through the "F" hole. You can contact Gibson with your info and they should be able to tell you about the guitar.
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#4
Quote by zakkwyldefan79
The serial number is on the back of the headstock. It can have up to 9 didgits depending on when it was made. The first and fifth numbers tell you the year. Example 013950428 means it was made in 2005.
The 3 numbers in between the 2 year ID #'s are the numeric day ID. In the case of the above ID it would be the 139th day of 2005. On older year models 70's and back there was no rhyme or reason, according to Gibson.
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Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience
#5
This is from Gibson's website.

In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.

The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.

The pattern is as follows:
YDDDYRRR
YY is the production year
DDD is the day of the year
RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.
Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production.
Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.

Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. 10, 1978, in Kalamazoo
and was the 276th instrument stamped that day.

82765501 means the instrument was produced on Oct. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.

NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day,
and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
#6
I want to thank you for the replies.
I was a day late and a dollar short so to speak. I was at the pawn shop today to go check out the 175 and it was sold. Somebody else must have know what they were looking at. Found out from Manager it was of 1958 Vintage. Dang I thnk if everything checked out on it I missed a good investment