Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gibson founded the company to make mandolin-family instruments.
Below are some checklist items to determine if yours is real. It doesn't have the Mother of Pearl "Gibson" or crown inlay. It should also have "Made in USA" underneath the serial number.
I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.
Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.
Upper Right: Starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made in USA” on the back of the headstock.
Lower Right: The fourth and fifth numbers of this seven-digit potentiometer date code reveal the last two digits of its year of manufacture. Hi Brian, There’s no question that dating Gibson guitars is challenging—and sometimes downright impossible.
Guitar production wasn’t nearly as fast paced during that period as it was in the 1960s, which meant Gibson ordered fewer parts at that time.
Based on the charts originally compiled from Gibson’s shipping ledgers by author A. Duchossoir, the serial number you provided could have been used on Gibson guitars produced in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, or 1975.
Unfortunately, during extremely busy times, production simply trumped serialization.
Gibson has used numerous serialization systems over its 100-plus-year history, and a majority of these numbers were used haphazardly—and rarely in consecutive order—until the system was standardized in 1977.
I believe your guitar is a circa- 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.
While the serial number could apply to 19 as well, it is widely reported that the pots were used in a timely manner from this era at Gibson.