Dating gibson eb2
From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
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..The letter preceding the batch number in the FON, and indicates the year of production. Y1234 23 This were used from 1952 to 1961 on archtop models and stamped on the inside of the F-hole. An ink-stamped number from the back of the headstock. No serial numbers were used, Gibson just started therewith in 1953.The batch number, the first four digits of the FON, followed by a one or two-digit number. The first digit of the serial number is the last digit of the year.Gibson serial numbers, from February 1961 until 1970.For all models, the serial number on the back of the headstock is stamped.