- Dec 17, 2011
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I thought having the"201X Model" was F'ng stupid..glad it's gone!!!!
That is why I would not say it is a counterfeit. Everything else looked legit. I was comparing what looked off to what was on the Gibson website and others for sale for these guitars. The logo does look higher on the others I have seen and the serial number font is different. Maybe it's the angle of the different pics. What did Gibson say about the font difference?I contact them, as you suggested. I have several SG Voodoos, and the position of the headstock logo (you said it's too low) is exactly the same as on those. The nut looks exactly the same. In fact, everything about this guitar -- the swamp ash body with very prominent woodgrain, maple neck, richlite fretboard, bridge, pickups, pots and wiring, knobs and switches, etc., looks correct. To me, anyway. It's just that funny serial number style/font that makes me wonder what's going on.
But I discovered Gibson isn't consistent with anything. I have several Les Paul BFGs. Two of them say "Made in USA" (no periods) on the headstock, and two of them say "Made in U.S.A." (WITH periods).
You said the headstock looks "wrong" but I'm compared it, with those BFGs (measuring every possible dimension) and they match. I don't know what to make of it, but maybe I need to stop obsessing about it.
I know I'm probably making a big deal about nothing. But I contacted Gibson Customer Support (by email, so I could include photos), and will wait for their answer.
This guitar has a maple neck; maybe the harder wood requires a different type of stamp?
But, aside from the different style of the numbers, what I really want to know is: why is this supposedly "Made in USA" guitar not stamped, like all my others, "MADE IN USA"?
It does say MADE IN USA, no?
I just bought a new Gibson Les Paul Voodoo, and everything about it looks legit. The pots and pickups clearly say Gibson, the printed circuitboard says Gibson, and it came with the warranty papers and Gibson inspection card.
But I noticed there is no "2017" or "2017 Model" stamped into the back of the headstock like most of my other Gibsons. Below the serial number (17001----) it says "MADE IN USA" but that's it.
Did Gibson stop stamping the year on the back of headstocks in 2017, or is there something fishy about my "new" Gibson?
The other question: I thought Gibson only made the Les Paul Voodoo in 2016. So what's this one doing with a 2017 serial number anyway?
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The new scheme is not "YYDDDBxxx".
The first two numbers represent the year... all of the rest of the numbers are the sequential production number. There is no specific date (Julian or otherwise) imbedded in the serial numbering system anymore. Just a year and seuquential production number.