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For guitars made prior to 1977 use the extended search function.This new function will try to match the serial number against older formats, details required for an exact match are listed in yellow.Please note that most of this information relates to serial numbers used from 1975 to present.For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn’s Guide or view the following PDF files: Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.Mc Carty started out with a mahogany guitar that was rounded in the back instead of being cut out.
1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.
After the initial launch in 1958, the line was discontinued by 1959.
Some instruments were assembled from leftover parts and shipped in 1963, with nickel- rather than gold-plated hardware.
Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.
Factory Order Numbers (FON) with a letter from 1935 to 1941.