Gibson mandolin serial number dating
This new system had the numbers pressed into the wood.
The system was used from 1961 to 1969 and had many problems that resulted in duplicated batch numbers so the numbers from those years are approximate and exact dates are hard to come by.
Plant designations are as follows: 001-499 = Kalamazoo 500-999 = Nashville (300-999 from 1990-present) 001-299 = Bozeman, Montana (acoustics only starting 1989) * Kalamazoo numbers were discontinued in 1984.
In the early years Gibson also used Factory Order Numbers (F O N) to track batches of instruments being produced at the time.
Is there anyway of identifying it precisly to the year? Keith You could search the Mandolin Archive by similar serial numbers (sequential).
Probably a 1917 model based on the ones returned in the search for yours. Fjestad's Gibson Serialization from the Blue Book of Electric Guitars (linked to Gibson's website) gives the sequence for 1916 as 32000 to 39500 for all instruments, in an initial sequence starting at 100 and running to 9999 for the period 1902-1947.
That is why you must go by physical looks of the mandolin and how it relates to catalog descriptions over the decades.
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