Dating a gibson custom shop guitar

30 Nov

For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.

This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.

Incidentally, does anyone have the original spec or any Gibson released details on the es-330L?

As it's now out of production I can't find anything apart from the dealer info. Custom Shop regular production models CSYRRRR CS stands for "Custom Shop" Y indicates the production year RRRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of production Example: CS10845 is the 845th reg. Thanks Stijn, So are you confirming that the 5 indicates a Memphis guitar?

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Right: Orange label as used from January 1955 to 1964.

1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.

From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.

However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.

I bought a new ES-330L about a month ago, great guitar!

I have a question about the new 6 digit CS serial numbers.