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They wanted to introduce a more structured series of sequences but in practice, the opposite happened.
During this period, numbers were reused, and in many cases the numbers were not strictly applied for the consecutive years.
However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
001 to 499 appeared on the instruments built in Kalamazoo, 500 to 999 built in Nashville.
Another exception to the above rules is in the autumn from 1958, where a some Les Paul Juniors and Specials had a four-digit serial number. From 1970 to 1975, the 6-digit serial numbers randomly generated.
In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock. In 1970, the orange labels in the body of acoustic guitars were replaced by white with orange rectangular labels.
The acoustic models are manufactured since late 1989 in Bozeman, Montana.
Factory Order Numbers (FON) with a letter from 1935 to 1941.
The table below shows the years in which the numbers could relate. The most sustainable numbering system Gibson was launched in 1977, an eight-digit number.