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J160-E Serial no... help dating this build


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I'm helping the owner pin down the manufacture date. He is two states away and has sent pics and serial... so far I can only determine it is post 1955 (20 frets vs 19) but I'm finding little else to go on.

The serial he has found is reported as "R2833-12"

Thanks!

 

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R is 1960

http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial

 

    • Factory Order Numbers with a Letter, 1952 to 1961.
      This letter preceeds the batch number within the Factory Order Number (FON), and denotes the year of manufacturer. Remember, the batch number is the first 4 digits of the FON, followed by a 1 or 2 digit sequence number (within the batch). This letter should be before the FON batch number. This was used on archtop models (ink stamped inside treble F-hole) and on flat top models (ink stamped on the neck block), from 1952 to 1961:
  • Year    Letter
    ----    ------
    1952    Z
    1953    Y
    1954    X
    1955    W
    1956    V
    1957    U
    1958    T
    1959    S
    1960    R
    1961    Q
    

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As Dave says.   I own a 56 J50e.mine is a solid top.  Same guitar. Just a different stamping. 
 

Now with the 160e. Some of those were laminated tops. If not all.   
 

there a decent guitar.  

 

 

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