The most important dating feature on guitars with six-digit serial numbers is that, starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made In USA” near the serial number on the back of the headstock.Since the value of a Gibson Les Paul differs widely between 19, it is very important to pinpoint the year.I believe your guitar is a circa- 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.While the serial number could apply to 19 as well, it is widely reported that the pots were used in a timely manner from this era at Gibson.Basically, dating the pots only confirms the time the guitar could have been produced.
Lower Right: The fourth and fifth numbers of this seven-digit potentiometer date code reveal the last two digits of its year of manufacture. Hi Brian, There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.
Does anyone out there have that info, the people at Gibson only have records dating back to 1980 so they were not of any real help.
Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.
I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.