1959 serial numbers shouldn’t be 6 digits- that’s wrong

efstop

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From Gibson site:

Gibson Custom​


1952-1960 Les Paul, Explorer, Flying V, and Futura reissues (since late 1992):
M YRRR or MYRRRR
M is the model year being reissued
Y is the production year
RRR(R) indicates the guitar's place production for that year. 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.
 

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So since the first digit is the year it's supposed to be reissuing (eg, 9 = 1959) and the second digit is the year of production (eg, 2 = 2022) then Gibson CS should only make 999 R9s per year and 999 R8s per year, etc?

Sounds like a good way to kill the RI program.
 

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Let's imagine for a minute that someone decides to misrepresent his carefully relic'ed '59 reissue aso an authentic '59 to someone who has more dollars than sense. Yes, this could happen. In fact I think it probably HAS happened at some point.

It would be pretty easy to point out to the unsuspecting buyer that the serial number range is way off. But of all the things about a reissue, an inked on serial number is one of the easiest things to alter. :eek:


As for me, one of the very last I could possibly care about with regard to a reissue is whether or not the serial number format matches the originals. I mean...seriously. Gimme a break. :facepalm:
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The serial number and it’s format is of no concern to me,... except it has really complicated the dating of reissues as the numbers repeat every decade.... only the knowledgeable can note other details to date these instruments.

I think the serial should have additional digits to be more clear.... it’s only a number.
 

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I feel the same way. It bugs the shit out of me when I see that to the point I won’t buy one.
 

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I would NOT pretend it was the 50s when playing a 50s guitar, because that was back before people had figured out proper rock and roll. 50s rock is fine for some people but for me it's pre-rock. Rock didn't really start to achieve its potential until the first time somebody had the guts to plug a Les Paul into a newly made JTM100, cranked it all the way up, and discovered the beast hiding within those KT66 tubes.

The era of rock as I love it started at that moment.
 

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Serial numbers? Huh? Oh yeah, I almost forgot they put them on the back of the headstock. I can't remember the last time I looked at one tho.
 

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Wow tough crowd….all I meant to say was that I look for low serial number among all other components when purchasing an R9
 

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So what about all the vintage Bursts with six-digit serial numbers? Are those not desirable either?

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011167

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011188

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You gotta do what makes you happy.
Yup................ for some it's serial numbers others it bong hits,.... for me it's tacos and beer...

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