The earliest volumes contain hundreds of yellowed pages covered front and back with rows of handwritten numbers.
Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..
Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
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Originally, Kanda Shokai used the 'Greco' brand name for the solid body models and used the 'Canda' brand name for its Acoustic models, basing this on the company name Kanda (Canda).
In the mid/late 1960s, Kanda Shokai also exported some Greco-branded guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs for Avnet/Goya in the USA.) guitar factories and were very similar to the late 1960s Ibanez guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs.
Inside a locked closet just outside Davidson’s office are some of Gibson’s most enduring written materials—shipping records dating from 1936 to 1970.
With vintage Gibsons selling at auction for as much as half a million dollars, Davidson will sometimes roll up his sleeves and poke around in the ledgers, but only as time allows.Please post any comments, particularly bugs in the user feedback section.Note: Custom shop guitars are not supported The Gibson Serial Number Decoder currently supports 6 formats from 4 Factories.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.From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.