Many players don't, and sometimes (unless you bought it from new) it can be hard to tell.
Also, Gibson, as we all know, is one of the greatest manufacturers of guitars, and having the status of one of the most desirable guitar brands ever has some disadvantages, too: counterfeit Gibsons have been sold for many decades now, and many players sometimes don't even realise they've been fooled. This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.
If it is an LSLP, within thirty seconds you will know what era it came from and a general shipping date.
Named after the founding father of Gibson guitars, Orville H.
Gibson, these fully-authorized Japanese guitars came into existence through partnershipsbetween Gibson USA and various Japanese manufacturers and dealers (such as Aria, Matsumoku and Yamano Music) that extend back into the 1970s.
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.