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I own an ES-345TDW with Bigsby and am unsure about the manufacturer date.  I think walnut was introduced in ‘69 so it shouldn’t be any earlier than that.  However, it does have “Made in the USA” stamped into the headstock, which may make it later than that.  I have the original Gibson pamphlet that indicates it was purchased, used, in ‘71.  It’s an orange label 345, all original except for Klusons that were added in the ‘80s.  The label throws me a bit since I remember reading that 70’s built 345s did not have the orange oval label.  It does have a dotted “i” and closed “o” and “b” in the Gibson logo.  SS# is six digit, 9xxxxx.  Anything else I can look for to help with the date?

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