I have a Gibson pickup with that an old guitar tech gave me years ago and I want to find out its age and type if possible.
Its uncovered, both rows of pole pieces are adjustable, single conductor wire with metal mesh sheathing covering the clothed clad conductor.
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.
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.
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.
M is the model being reissued Reissue model codes: 1= SG Custom and Special 2= SG Standard 3= 1963 Firebird 1 4= 1964 Firebird III 5= 1965 Firebird V & VII 8= 1968 Les Paul Custom Examples: 050102 is the 10th SG Standard reissue produced in 2005.NOTE: This number includes all models for a particular reissue year – so, for example, a 1958 Reissue serial number may include ’58 Reissue LP Standard and ’58 Explorer production.Example: 7 5123 is the 123rd 1957 reissue model produced in 2005.Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is?Maybe you have a Gibson banjo, dobro, or a Goldtone amplifier you’re not sure about.030084 is the 8th 1964 Firebird III reissue produced in 2003.Historic ES MODELS (since 1995): (A or B)-MYRRR M is the model year being reissued Y is the production year RRR indicates the guitar’s place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year.No space and 5 digits following the yearonly occured in 19.Production in 19 was in excess of 9999 instruments so "9 9999" was reached and the six digit scheme can be found as follows : "93nnnn" It is assumed that they reached approx."93200". She currently has 7 gallery links in her own Free Ones section. She is listed on Free Ones since 2005 and is currently ranked 7631th place.