This updated system uses an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.
Yes I realised that shortly after I had written my response.
Presumably one doesn't have to be an employee of Gibson to use that Avatar, but the group "Customer Services Team" clinches it. Anyway, It's pretty clear to me that "5" is Memphis and probably "0" is Nashville, but the wording of the response is slightly vague if this is the case.
I bought a new ES-330L about a month ago, great guitar!
I have a question about the new 6 digit CS serial numbers.
The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.2005-Current- Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005.The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once 699 is stamped, the batch number will change to 1.For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.Since 1989, acoustic guitars built at the Bozeman, Montana facility are ranked from 001-499.