Norlin ID / 1976 Gibson serial numbers

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Then it should have 8 numbers - and I can see only six, like the older Kalamazoo style stamped numbers. But 000236? Does not seem to conform to the ranges at the time.
Lo and behold...here is 000271 - 7718 pots, 1 of 67 white FBs shipped in 1977. So # 000236 above must be another one of these.

Is this serial # range already mentioned anywhere in the 'official' 1977 ranges (it may be, just axing)?

http://www.eliteguitars.net/1977-bicentenial-firebird

 

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did they number them sequentially since it was a special bicentennial thing?????

does not mean they did just means it would make better sense....I have no idea why I think Gibson would do that, they never have......

@VictorB has one, but I do not remember the color......

Vic, does yours have a "super-secret Norlin Serial number"?
 
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Just offered for sale: a white 1977 Explorer with serial number 000263 (seller thinks it's a 1976, but he is likely mistaken). So that is another one of the mystery six digit white '77s - could this run possibly be one or two batches of guitars, consisting of Firebirds and a few Explorers??


 

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Keeff.. thank you so much for all of your research.. it's the most comprehensive I've found anywhere. I have been trying to look up what happened in the transition years as far as the rest of the mysterious 1976 digit serial numbers .. I have owned a few 1976 ES guitars.. one with a stamped 1976 serial number.. I am currently picking up another 1976 ES guitar.. and was just trying to do research on what the rest of the serial number meant.. since the new system started in 1977 as you know.. there is literally no info anywhere as to what the rest of the 1976 decal actually means after the 00 .. the big debate of course was : 1976: made in Kalamazoo or Nashville? ..I'll post some 1976 ES serial #'s. Thanks for all of the awesome info you put into studying these '76 serial decals.
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The first is a 1976 ES-355..
Second a 1976 ES-345
Third image is another 1976 ES-355
4th image is my '76 ES-355 TD with stamped serial # that I unfortunate;ty sold.. It was a very special guitar. It was most definitely a 1976.. but though tit was odd it didn't not have the decal.

I wish there was a confimation from some source on what the rest of the 1976 serial #'s actually meant. It would be great to know which factory as well. thanks again for all the info!
 

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I’m a little late to the party.
just bought this, 1976 LP Deluxe
Will be picking it up in a few days.

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nothing there on the 2nd one....on the first...that does not look clipped at that angle, it looks like the top portion "model etc." has been removed??

Maybe a better pis will clear that up?

welcome aboard......read the entire thread, it is a good one.
 

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nothing there on the 2nd one....on the first...that does not look clipped at that angle, it looks like the top portion "model etc." has been removed??

Maybe a better pis will clear that up?

welcome aboard......read the entire thread, it is a good one.
It is a very informative thread. That took some time to compile!
I won’t actually lay eyes on this for a few more days, will have a better idea at that time.
In the thread it had mentioned “clipped decals”, where the model name is missing. This looks like one of those orphans.
 
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to me, it did not look clipped, it looked like it has been screwed with.....go look closely at the smudge where the name and model should be.....:
 

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Good eye!

Did not see that. Not too worried, as I have seen others posted in the S/N thread without model names. Maybe rubbed off with cleaning? Don’t know, as this will be my oldest LP.

Buying this from the second owner, who’s dad bought it for him when he was 12, 28 years ago.

started a new thread under Norlins, asking if, by looking at certain identifiers, this was made in Kalamazoo or Nashville. Please Santa, make it be Kalamazoo so that one of my Gibson’s was made in the “hallowed halls” !

Thanks for your input! Appreciate it!
 

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for what its worth, you can change the first number of your Hummingbird range to 163000
I have one here, ( see photo)
and i just saw anther on reverb 300 numbers lower also in the 163000 range.
 

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