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Larry, it is 21761005. I tried a few sites to decode this, but none produced results. The label is Orange, but not signed by Hutchins. Thank you for your response.

Usually the fifth digit in a Gibson serial number is the year of manufacture. I would say 2001 is the year it was made...

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The serial number does not fit the standard and current format (1st and 5th digits = last two digits of the year), so it's understandable that you couldn't decode it, neither can I. Maybe someone else will come along with some inside info on the serial number.

 

If can get the code number off one of the pots (dental mirror, flashlight, and a lot of luck required), this will tell you the mfg date of the pot. In the case of screwy Gibson serial number systems, such as the six-digit numbers of the 60's/early 70's, this has become the accepted way of putting a date on the instruments.

 

As for your label not being signed, The orange labels were not signed, only the "Tone Tested" label of the "Master Model" versions. What distinguishes between a "Master Model" and a "not-a-master-model", I have no clue (Gibson probably doesn't either).

 

The "Master Model" has two elongated oval beige labels, one under each f-hole. One states "The Gibson Master Model", "style", and "number":

 

http://www.oldgibson.com/110809LoarL5_012c.jpg

 

The other states "tested and approved", with the date and signature:

 

http://www.oldgibson.com/110809LoarL5_039c.jpg

 

The current "Master Model" labels are very similar to the ones in the linked photos.

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The serial number does not fit the standard and current format (1st and 5th digits = last two digits of the year), so it's understandable that you couldn't decode it, neither can I. Maybe someone else will come along with some inside info on the serial number.

 

If can get the code number off one of the pots (dental mirror, flashlight, and a lot of luck required), this will tell you the mfg date of the pot. In the case of screwy Gibson serial number systems, such as the six-digit numbers of the 60's/early 70's, this has become the accepted way of putting a date on the instruments.

 

As for your label not being signed, The orange labels were not signed, only the "Tone Tested" label of the "Master Model" versions. What distinguishes between a "Master Model" and a "not-a-master-model", I have no clue (Gibson probably doesn't either).

 

The "Master Model" has two elongated oval beige labels, one under each f-hole. One states "The Gibson Master Model", "style", and "number":

 

http://www.oldgibson.com/110809LoarL5_012c.jpg

 

The other states "tested and approved", with the date and signature:

 

 

 

http://www.oldgibson.com/110809LoarL5_039c.jpg

 

The current "Master Model" labels are very similar to the ones in the linked photos.

 

Thanks Larry. Not sure I have the right implements to check the pots. I guess based on the limited info. I have, it would be a 2001. In any case, a very cool guitar which I never tire of playing.

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