Dating a les paul
Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
Many players don't, and sometimes (unless you bought it from new) it can be hard to tell.
Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).
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.
I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.
Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.
Upper Right: Starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made in USA” on the back of the headstock.