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Again, that’s why Pot codes should always be used to reinforce the date of the guitar and not be the sole source.

Another thing to look for is whether the numbers are too close. The fake one on the right has no serial number at all. You can search for your serial number at The Guitar Dater Project. We’re not talking about dinner and a movie, of course…For my first blog post on dating instruments, I’d thought I’d talk about potentiometer or, “Pot” codes which can be used to help date almost all electric instruments, amplifiers, and effects pedals made in the U. The Pots are the small parts responsible for the volume and tone controls.Chinese counterfeiters are starting to improve their fakes to the point where it's almost impossible for a beginner to know whether a Gibson is made by Gibson USA or some factory in China! Only the newer ones have the year on them so it's not necessarily a fake if it's not there.First of all, if anyone, especially a seller based in China is selling a Gibson Les Paul for an alarmingly low price, you probably want to pass. Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked (with too much ink).This means that if you don’t have a basic ballpark of the period an instrument was made prior to the 1960’s then Pot codes won’t really help you.

For example, the Pot codes you can make out are: 1377415.

If you’re concerned with an instrument being an “all original” vintage collectible, the number of changed parts can greatly affect it’s value.

Once you see one replaced part, there could be more, so keep looking…

No letter beginning the serial number = Fuji Gen Factory-built.*Y = Production Year*M = Production Month*P = Production Number In 1998, Gibson and Yamano Gakki decided to end the production of the Orville models to focus on the expanded production of the Epiphone line, which wasdesigned both for the Japan domestic market as well as exported models destined for far-off lands.

The domestic models had the Gibson open-book headstockdesign while the exported models were given the usual Epiphone design.

It will return the birth date of your guitar and the manufacturing plant.