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Gibson Hummingbird serial number question


Dave Shaw
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I have a Gibson Hummingbird that I purchased used in December 1974.  I was told it was a 1963, but have never been able to cross the serial number.  (See photo)

The numbers are stamped into the headstock as follows:

614502
MADE IN
U.S.A.
2

I understand that the 'MADE IN USA' stamp was begun in 1970, but when I purchased it, the guitar and case showed far more wear than would have been expected for just a few years.  As a matter of fact, when I bought the guitar, the case was falling apart so I ordered another, identical case.

Can anyone help with this one?

Hummingbird (sm).jpg

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