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Hi,

 

I'm the owner of this guitar, and I would like to know if the serial fits the description:

 

Previous owner claimed it was a Refinished 1976 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.

 

it has indeed 8 digits starting with 00 = 76

 

 

but there's no MADE IN USA mentionned.

 

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please help !

 

 

P.S. previous owner wasn't first owner and claimed that this guitar was refinished. It's now a goldtop with humbuckers (there are prerouted humbucker Les Paul Deluxe's, so that's still an option!)

 

those tuners are not the original, I'm thinking of rechanging them to some Klusons.

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Other photos, of your guitar, might be helpful...???

 

I have a '76 LP Deluxe, but it's serial number is on a decal/transfer,

on the back of the headstock, and it says "Les Paul Deluxe" on the

stamp, above the serial number, as well. No indented number in the wood.

It's hard to tell, given (we) can't see your entire number...but, you

can call Gibson Customer Service (24 hours a day) and they could give

you the date of manufacture, and model number. (See Below)

 

 

FROM: Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, Gibson Memphis

 

- From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock. This should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows:

 

99 = 1975

00= 1976

06 = 1977

 

- In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.

 

The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below. The pattern is as follows:

YDDDYRRR

YY is the production year

DDD is the day of the year

RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.

Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.

 

Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis. Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.

 

Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan. 10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day.

 

82765501 means the instrument was produced on Oct. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.

 

NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..

The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1. The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same. The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.

 

There are always exceptions to these rules, the two listed below are worth noting:

 

Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls). Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.

 

The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000.

 

Examples -

9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with "9" used only in 1989)

0 xxxx = 1990

9 xxxx = 1999

00xxxx = 2000

05xxxx = 2005

 

Those beginning with "94":

In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with "94" for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Luck!

 

Cheers,

CB

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Like the previous poster I also have a 1976 LP Deluxe with the headstock decal. The 00 is correct for a 1976. You can also look inside the control cavity for the actual stamp of the date of manufacture. It is interesting, the previous owner of mine also replaced the stock tuners with Schallers, just like yours. They are actually better tuners but the mounting holes do not line up. Mine is a Maple neck as well but it still has the mini hum buckers. I had to replace the electronics and bridge and tailpiece to get it to sound good, but I am very happy with it now.

 

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I contacted the store on the sticker by mail last night and they replied this morning.

 

as I suspected, they've sanded the neck and refinished it, thus removing the superficial serial.

 

they re-stamped it but not with the Gibson Les Paul Deluxe / Made in usa

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I have a '76 LP standard....or what was sold to me as a standard anyway. It has all the particulars of an authentic Gibson LP, but no serial number. I had given up on it being real, but now that I read about the decal I am wondering again. Was there any indentation in the wood from the decal? is there any where else there would be information? Is the date in the body in the cavity with the pots?

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I have a '76 LP standard....or what was sold to me as a standard anyway. It has all the particulars of an authentic Gibson LP, but no serial number. I had given up on it being real, but now that I read about the decal I am wondering again. Was there any indentation in the wood from the decal? is there any where else there would be information? Is the date in the body in the cavity with the pots?

 

 

you can check the pick up cavities etc... normal there would be some markings...

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