Dating epiphone les paul standard
Below, we're keeping the focus strictly on Gibson guitars.
The letter preceding the batch number in the FON, and indicates the year of production. Y1234 23 This were used from 1952 to 1961 on archtop models and stamped on the inside of the F-hole. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. No serial numbers were used, Gibson just started therewith in 1953.
(After 5 9999 came 510 000) Evidently the production was high in 1956 because "6 9999" is exceeded.
Also in 19 there was a high production, "9 9999" is exceeded for "932 000" or higher.
This means that instruments with the same serial number can be from the 60s or 70s.
Guitars got six digits in any order, and in some cases they were preceded by a letter that none seemed to have no smeaningful sense.The materials that were used also allow the guitar to open up over time and become part of a player's signature style.