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You might want to double check the serial number. Gibson USA did not start using the 9 digit serial numbers until late 2005. This number (014331196) does not look correct. Post some pictures to help us authenticate the instrument.

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"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:


YY is the production year

DDD is the day of the year

RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number."

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