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Les Paul Melody Maker Serial Number Confusion

#1 User is offline   Dredd38 

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 02:50 AM

I purchased this guitar from a reputable dealer and am confused regarding the serial numbers. It was labelled as a 2010 Gibson Les Paul. It however appears to be a 120th anniversary guitar as it has the inlay on the 12th fret stating that. From what I know (and this isn't a lot) this was therefore made in 2014 but the serial number 140008486 seems to suggest it was made in 2010 using the 1st and 5th digit. When I check online I get two matches one states that it was made in 2010 the other in 2014 so I am confused. Rather than trust the internet I thought I would ask someone that knows. Thanks for your help.

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 05:27 AM

Hmmmm......

The Guitar Dater Project confirms 2010, strictly by that serial number.

"Your guitar was made at the
Nashville Plant, TN, USA
on February 4th, 2010
Production Number: 186"

This other guitar, clearly made in 2014 though, has a similar serial number.
"140048357"

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I'm guessing that yours is a straight-up 2014 model, and the serial numbering protocol is just a bit jacked up.
OR, your neck was originally produced in 2010, but never finished, inlayed, and mounted in a complete guitar until 2014.


I would call Gibson Customer Support and ask them.


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Posted 24 November 2017 - 05:40 AM

Thanks very much I will try customer support.
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 07:07 AM

Hi Dredd;

In 2014 Gibson ceased using the 1st and 5th format (ydddynnn) and starting using 1st and 2nd for the year (yynnnnnnnn), so you guitar is indeed a 2014.

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Posted 24 November 2017 - 07:20 AM

Just found the below on the Gibson site that I had somehow missed before. I am guessing that this explains it as I know it is 2014 due to the 120th anniversary insert on the 12th fret. The change in serial numbers from 2014 onwards shows this is a 2014 guitar. The Guitar Dater Project must be picking up on the first 8 numbers as if you leave the 6 off the end the check comes back as a 2010 guitar only. Thanks for your help.


Gibson USA 2014 to present – These serial numbers cannot be dated to a specific day of the year.
The new model year typically launches in the fall as the current model year winds down. It is not uncommon for a new model year model to be produced during the previous model year (example – a 2015 model may have been built in late 2014).

The pattern is as follows:
YYRRRRRRR
YY is the model year
RRRRRRR is the number in product for the model year (starts at 0000001)
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 10:10 AM

Thanks both.
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 12:26 PM

View PostDredd38, on 24 November 2017 - 10:10 AM, said:

Thanks both.



You’re welcome, enjoy that fine looking rock machine!

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