The Gibson serial number decoder
Date a Gibson guitar by serial number
From 1977 to 2013 Gibson have used an eight or nine digit serial number on all of their guitars that can be easily decoded to show the exact day that the guitar was manufactured along with the location of the Gibson factory. From 2014 onwards Gibson changed the serial number format to a simplified nine digit number which can still be used to find the year of manufacture. For earlier guitars or if this tool fails you can use the pot decoder
to get a date of manufacture for the pots.
Enter your Gibson guitar's 8 or 9 digit serial number in the box below to find the date of manufacture. This decoder currently supports Gibson guitars from 1977 to date (older guitars coming soon).
The serial number can be found on the back of the guitar's headstock.