I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.
I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.
Note also that Tokai's numbering system results in a confusing duplication for numbers from 1980 & 2000; again this is described separately below.
I you look closely at this list you will see that Tokais numbering system raises potential problems each time there's a change of decade.
Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
The serial number is 676323, and “Made in USA” is stamped below that.
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I checked Gibson site, but there's just details of what all the numbers mean - couldn't see a form for submitting or anything.
Another forum seemed to have a guy replying to peoples queeries, but it was a few years old that thread. There are no forms, you will have to either decipher or contact them.
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.