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ES-125 / ES125 / ES 125 "year of manufacture?" Serial # 9129 14. When was it made?

#1 User is offline   BeagleBoy 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 01:01 PM

Hello.

I am 99% certain that I have an ES-125 (not a 125T, or other variant.)

The serial # is 9129 14. Can anyone tell me what year it was made?

Thanks,
Conrad
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:39 PM

1951

http://www.guitarhq....son.html#serial
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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:36 AM

Thanks, Jim.

They definitely created confusion by simultaneously using FON's and then "lettered" Serial #'s (in 1947.) It requires a some mental gymnastics (and getting used to the "system.")
- Am I understanding this correctly ?

"Quick Overview: Serial Number/FON Identification by Era." ...and the statement:

"1947-1952: Factory Order Numbers of 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on the inside back."
-- (it would help to indicate that the "hypen" sometimes doesn't show up (or faded-out)... and looks like a "space.")

And, then further down the webpage...

"Gibson Factory Order Numbers, 1942 to 1951.

< text deleted for brevity >
Year Factory Order Number
---- --------------------
< 1941 - 1946 data deleted >
1947 700s to 1000s
1948 1100s to 3700s ('Script' logo no longer used, block logo used.)
1949 2000s
1950 3000s to 5000s
1951 6000s to 9000s <correlating my "9129" portion in this range ? >
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Posted 02 September 2017 - 01:51 PM

View PostBeagleBoy, on 02 September 2017 - 02:36 AM, said:

Thanks, Jim.

You bet. Nice to find something to talk about around here (for a change).

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They definitely created confusion...

That says it all right there. Gibson's history with serial numbering included a lot of messes and confusion.

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by simultaneously using FON's and then "lettered" Serial #'s (in 1947.) It requires a some mental gymnastics (and getting used to the "system.")
- Am I understanding this correctly ?

Yes.

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"Quick Overview: Serial Number/FON Identification by Era." ...and the statement:

"1947-1952: Factory Order Numbers of 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on the inside back."
-- (it would help to indicate that the "hypen" sometimes doesn't show up (or faded-out)... and looks like a "space.")

And, then further down the webpage...

"Gibson Factory Order Numbers, 1942 to 1951.

< text deleted for brevity >
Year Factory Order Number
---- --------------------
< 1941 - 1946 data deleted >
1947 700s to 1000s
1948 1100s to 3700s ('Script' logo no longer used, block logo used.)
1949 2000s
1950 3000s to 5000s
1951 6000s to 9000s <correlating my "9129" portion in this range ? >

Yes, you sorted things out well. The hyphen thing is just one example of Gibson's inconsistencies.

Hope you're enjoying that guitar! Cheers.
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Posted 02 September 2017 - 07:44 PM

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