Originally Posted by ascan
it's hard to date early 70s deluxes with any certainty. The serial number and the pot codes (provided pots are original) are two bits of evidence that can lead to one being fairly certain of the year. Posters above are correct, not all 72s came with the embossed pickups.
That aside, sweet guitar. Hope you enjoy her for many years to come!
the date on the pots is the date pots were manufactured and not the date the guitar was manufactured, there is a lag time, which is the difference between the time pots were manufactured and the time Gibson used them in a guitar, this lag time can be any were from two months to over a year, so the date on the pots can not be used to accurately date a Gibson guitar.