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Hey all, havent posted in a long time, real life has got me by the balls ya know? Anyway, I have a chance to get my grubby little paws on a Gibson Les Paul Custom, but I'm trying to find out specifics on the guitar by serial number. The owner knows NOTHING about it. I'm no idiot (imo anyway) but trying to decipher the Gibson serialization schemes from the web is making me feel like one. It is a six digit serial number with the 1st 2 digits being 89. I dont know if it's safe to post the whole serial number on the web since I see so many people blocking out part of the serial number on ebay etc. Made in the USA is stamped on the back of the headstock under the serial number. From the searching I have done, I've come to 2 possible conclusions. 1: It was built in the late 80's, in Nashville as a 1968 re-issue, or 2: it's a '73, '74, 'or '75 built in Kalamazoo. The tuners are Grover rotomatic style and the pickups have patent no. stickers on the backs of them if that helps at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance
 

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For deciphering Gibson serial numbers go to this URL:
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Support/SerialNumberSearch/

For an overview and history go to this URL:
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/ProductSpotlight/GearAndInstruments/Gibson Serial Numbers/
(This one tell you what the serial number will tell you and won't tell you.)

Also try this one from The Guitar Dater Project:
http://www.guitardaterproject.org/gibson.aspx
(Don't know if this is supported by Gibson! It can also be used for Ibanez, Fender and Epiphone and Yamaha)

Good Luck
 
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