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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.
For information on FON numbers a copy of The Blue Book of Electric Guitars by Zachary R. For the most accurate identification contact Gibson.
The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.
This system is fairly reliable for guitars made from 1953 to 1961.
I own ( for the last hour) a Gibson `Pumpkin top`(? It has a barely readable pencilled label inside it,but I think it reads 37693.I can make out the model `a` but not what it says after Gibson.The label also says at the top Patented Feb 1, `98 # #" # # #March 30,`06 Other patents pending This was brought in the USA from Gruhn Gituars, Nashville TN.If the instrument has original electronics some dating can be verified by pot numbers.Once again the system was modified in 1970 to a six digit number pressed into the back of the headstock.
Is there anyway of identifying it precisly to the year? Keith You could search the Mandolin Archive by similar serial numbers (sequential).