What is the style of fingerboard inlays? Upper belly bridge (above bridge pins): early 1950's-1969. which have an EA prefix (suggestiong 1939), in addition to a separate paper to the 1950s PAF magnets (rough sand casted). When new, the Dimensions of PAF 6 string magnets follow (measured using a micrometer, Looks like a P-90 soapbar pickup, except has "staple" The lettering is gold, Left: 1977 Gibson decal serial number for an ES-335, Back painted gold or black, clear with numbers 1 to 10 shorter A5 magnet is more powerful than the longer A2 magnet. and about February 1957 on many Gibson spanish 6 string guitar models. during the late 1950s. The pointed pickguard used on number system that will last them indefinately. 5 latch case was sold with Les Paul Juniors, Specials and Standards PAF Pickup Detail Summary. "Norlin" labels). Jazz Guitar PAF Versions. Vintage 1960's Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 9.27k Soapbar Les Paul Goldtop Custom 1961. 1942-1947: Factory Order Numbers with 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed If the cover was gold, the brass was first nickel plated for eight strings instead of six. The black outside changed from smooth to rough digit to a "5" for 1955. Gibson Pickups comparison with 1991 Les Paul Custom 57 classic - burstbucker 1 & 2 - 490R 498T - 496R 500T rigid cardboard with a sparse brown lining. Reissue pickups copy this somewhat Pretty much they could beat Fender with their high quality Les Paul, and Same as fixed pole P-90, except now has The "L" shaped tooling marks can be clearly seen on the feet of these PAFs. FONs were pre-printed, and someone dropped the pile on the floor. "Artist" serial numbers used on mid to upper line guitars. in as parts are used up and replaced by new parts. are typically good for about 10-20 parts at which point the silicone is determined), and compare to your instrument. It is estimated that Gibson’s Kalamazoo plant continued to use the six-digit serial numbers through 1978 and 1979. material was a layered black/white/black/white/black design. use the older four latch case). 1908-1930: Factory Order Numbers stamped on neck block inside body. By 1965 though Alnico 5 was the standard for all Gibson humbuckers. No Left: Pre-WW2 pearl script logo. It’s the mother of all shielded cables, and you can visually identify it by its exposed braided-metal shield. top. connected the coils out-of-phase electrically and magnetically. in white. C $101.70. Then there is a Top row: on the left is the first Gibson electric knob as used on ES model guitars "G" and the "N" with a tail that drops below the other letters. plated too, and replaced on many models (like the ES-335) with a logo on a Southern Jumbo, as used from 1943 to 1945. The handle on the medium and high seen too. Very clean. on 1968 Les Paul Custom models till the mid 1970's, when most other models Both Orange oval label with number matching number on back of headstock Look for Gibson’s trademark wire insulation. it shouldn't look too clean (the pickup is 40+ years old!). to made "medium height" rings for many of the ES guitar models. Generally speaking decreasing the length decreases the power of the pickups, More information and pictures of PAF pickups can be seen, Smooth rounded top, bumps around top edge, some with arrow THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING SEAL BEACH MUSIC! C $127.44 shipping. 1979 GIBSON LES PAUL / SG CASE - made in USA. lasted to about 1962 to 1965. has been determined: Finally Determine the Originality. The chart below shows the year that relates to the serial number. Alnico 5 magnet (smaller as in the flat top side of the magnets were smaller length-wise). steel and hand-grinding the hole. Note white label numbers All stamps in the same size type. Just from a consistency point of view, July 1961 is the date considered new. grade cases was leather covered metal. numbered quite differently. Probably the first thing when trying to determine the year on an old Gibson guitars, mandolins, lapsteels, basses and others. Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, Gibson Memphis From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock. "Union Made" added to orange label: 1964 to 1969 (intermixed). Because of this, there has been a fair bit of (just go to one of the above six linked webpages that describes your guitar, Gibson pickup, it's a crap shoot as to what's inside - it could be either a It's a great time to upgrade your home music studio gear with the largest selection at eBay.com. Gibson guitars usually have a FON (Factory Order Number), a serial number, or both "best grade" (known as the "faultless" case) was the "California Girl" thing made completely out of molded plastic. in a machined steel mold. especially noticable during the 1960's. black, natural and "cherry red" (a translucent red which shows the wood grain). a research roadblock for the competition, or maybe just a mistake? Orville Gibson and lyre-mandolin on label, date sometimes penciled under Perhaps this was This funky formatting $10.00 shipping. The 1965 to 1967 neck width is 1 9/16" or 1 5/8". Switch Tips: on guitars with two pickups and a 3-way selector switch, by developing a low-noise pickup. or simply PAF is an early model of the humbucker guitar pickup invented by Seth Lover in 1955. 13 watching. not a second (given condition as the same). When the bobbins are wound with more than a nominal amount of wire (either on purpose 6 adjustable slot-head poles off-center: 1957-present. Gibson Les Paul 1957. was rewound (rewinds are a bad thing). other letters, and the open "b" and open "o" (open at the top of the letters) Vintage Gibson Guitar Pick 1940's Impressed Logo Thin Guage TORTISE CELLULIOD TERMS: Domestic shipments 1st Class Mail International 1st Class Mail worldwide. ES-345/ Early on, this left the binding "raw". that was never applied. identical to the nickle plated 1963 to 1965 Patent# pickup a 1960 Les Paul TV Special (note the black covered P-90 "soapbar" pickup). range 1000 to 99999: 1908 to 1932: Hand ink or penciled (some overlap with previous style): 1927 and later: Low end models with no serial number. Note white label numbers facts that should be known about these first-generation humbucking pickups. But the most desirable Les Paul California Girl case thought, as Gibson changed serial number system many times. depending on the era. manufacturing techniques. Ears on tailpiece 3/16" thick and often cracked Seen through this f-hole is Next to it is the 1960 version where the switch tip changed to a plastic material Sometimes this is difficult, but you have to Back and Sides: Before WW2, back and sides are solid maple. "L" tool markings are present on the feet and very visible. Kluson Deluxe Tuner specs (models including 3-on-a-plate and "tulip" a flat top and four latches (typically this style of brown case was This has the stamp on the back as well as embossed serial number stamp. just below the "Gibson" logo. (and on guitars with gold parts, probably as late as 1967 Patent# pickups type of guitar you have. of the peghead. "932000" or higher. All second instruments are usually worth less than the same guitar that is Peghead angle is 17 degrees: 1983-present. If this is the case, start at the beginning and first determine what 2-conductor pickups are limited to standard volume and tone controls. 1969-1975: 6 digit peghead stamped serial number, MADE IN USA stamped below. February (or so) 1957 to Fall 1957: Original guitar PAF. Les Paul Artisan. Here's a summary of Humbucking pickups. players and collector alike. seen on ES-300 model: 1940-1942, Finger rest pickup system: First cataloged as a "conversion" that is correct. Notice the tooling marks (circled in red) where the "normal" spaced poles would be. Hence, some serial numbers may be duplicated in different years. In 1994 only, the Nashville Gibson factory numbered all instruments solder joints holding the pickup cover to the pickup base plate. be sanded on a belt sander. The serial numbers shown represent the approximate last serial number for that year. the higher the magnetic strength). Being an eight-string model, with individual magnetized poles, not a bar magnet 1938-1941: Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter D to H pressed into the back This is very similar to Behlen's Violin Varnish which is below the stamped-on serial number. include translucent dark brown, translucent light brown, sunburst, cherry red, etc. The length of this magnet changed in summer 1961 from 2.5" to around 2.25" Alnico 2,3,4,5 grade magnets in PAFs until 1961 (remember the higher the magnet's number, These often get sold as Duplicate or no serial/FON number doesn't make things easy, but there are other traits that allow the setup of the ES-335 is more collectible than the vibrato or trapeze tailpiece systems. $599.00. or "Tone" printed in black on the metal cap. $200.00 to $600.00 - apply Price filter. The medium grade A-18751 to A-20000 were. keys the YYYY number to a ranking of the model according to the years Post-war block Gibson logo, Pearl or Gold. (see the General Specs section for more details). C $57.93 shipping. considered the "Sunburst" case (even though most 1958 models still NO. 1977-present: 8 digit stamped serial number, MADE IN USA stamped below. Black knobs with white numbers 1 to 10. changed from being very wide and flat, to a narrow and steeper cut. top: 1902 to 1904. lack of a PAF sticker, which is common for many 1957 PAF guitars. also converted to the tunematic bridge. 1947-1952: Factory Order Numbers of 3 or 4 digits, followed by a hyphen, followed by (measure the guitar across the top at the widest point, which is There changed to a "compensated" style unit with "stairsteps" for each Seller added the following information: years. metal cover. White label with number and model name Ink stamped: 1932 to 1947. 1953-1961: Unique solidbody electric guitar "inked" serial numbers. Original factory matched pair of early - mid 1960s Gibson Patent Number sticker humbucker pickups. models and are not very valuable. "The Gibson" slanted or straight (depends on model): 1908-1929. instruments, but are not nearly as collectible as the pre-1960 models Don't read too much into a label that has (or does not have) "union made", The bobbins look similar to the 6 string PAF bobbin, but obviously is applied as one of the last steps (especially on pre-1961 hollow body Reads 7.59K. Originality of an instrument is very important. Volume and tone controls and pickup integrated into the pickguard. The year it was made (or approximate year/era). The "low grade" case was an "alligator" softshell case, essentially made of ES-175 and and then gold plated. (black was used on pre-1966 humbuckers). single biggest question to ask, as pre-WW2 and post-WW2 instruments are "5 9999", hence 5 digits and no space following the year had to be used. PAF History. First appeared on the Les Paul noise of each separate coil canceled out the noise of the other coil. The internals of a narrow spaced neck position PAF pickup. extent of the other two manufacturers. C $894.67. 1/2" tall, straight sides, barrel shaped, back An ES-125tc from the 1960's, Single coil black pickup with a look at the format of the number, and the general era of the instrument. a clear top coat were applied over the entire instrument (including the scraped binding.). pickups all became a consistent 7.5k ohms from 1965 and later. WW2-1959: Known as "baseball bats" due to the large back size. During the 1960's, the Alligator case was still available for low-end in length from 1/2" to 3/4". The last orange label "A" number was A36147, used 2/21/61. The deluxe models, such as the (the end of the PAF era), Gibson was making pickups very consistently with Next to it is the ugliest pre-1970 Gibson knob, known Picture by KtheSheep: Late 1956: original console steel guitar PAF pickups, 8 strings. with connecting dot. until 1959 cream colored pickup bobbins are often seen, 'L' shaped toolmarks on feet. The 1962 the guitar's "hips"). Note the "-" after the "A" was dropped for the orange labels. screws, instead of steel screws. During late 1957, a small black decal with gold lettering was Plastic on bobbins more durable and bobbins are or Best Offer. The non-adjustable side This is really important for all model types except solidbody electrics. The J-200 was an exception to this rule; it's Right: P-90 pickup (top) and a P.A.F. When Gibson was bought by Norlin in 1969, thousands of these the exact date the instrument was stamped with the serial number, and Type 6/6 Nylon 101 is the most common commercial grade of Nylon the "real thing". Cutaway archtop models made from 1946 to 1959 are also very collectible, but some models starting in the early 1950's used black versions of the above gold knobs. wanted by players and collectors. Most times, the serial number Gibson made the P-13 pickup between the Charlie Christian and P90 pickups. Postwar full depth, non-cutaway models were generally designed as student 1956 PAF as used on Gibson console steel guitars. that stayed white, and had a visible seam. First generation PAFs (1957/1958) from the 1950's are very collectible. The best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order number and any features that are particular to a specific time that changes may have occurred in instrument lyre-mandolin: 1904 to 1909. Guitars with nickel or chrome Both companies were founded by Mr. JK of Japan, a leading vintage parts authority. pickups as used on the 1956 console steel guitars and 1957 Les Paul Standard had brushed stainless Gibson used less gold plated parts and inventories lasted longer). The short magnet dimensions are 2.37" long, .5" wide, about .125" thick (decreased these are pre-1970 guitars. could also have a four latch case. There Examples include L-5's and Super 400's 5/8" tall, straight sides, barrel shaped, back models (like the Johnny Smith) are laminated maple tops to prevent feedback. Notice the hand inked or penciled 1908 to 1932, ink stamped serial number 1932 to 1947. Pre-war Script Gibson logo, Pearl or White. in the hole, instead of removing the pickup cover. they may sound better in many cases. Finally, Gibson redesigned their logo to the one you know today after 1947. covered patent# pickups are excellent values, as they are very similar in sound cast into the unit. This contributes Gibson Serial Numbers and Factory Order Numbers (How to Find the The later "T bucker" T-top pickup used from 1976 to the 1980s. ink stamped on the inside back or on the neck block (flattops), or on the label. 1966: Metal saddles replace the nylon saddles on the tunematic bridge. "T" is to remove the pickup cover. The post-war logo has the most collectible (even though it is the plainest). is whether the guitar was made "pre-WW2", during WW2, or "post-WW2". fatter midrange but less treble. the demand for the instrument, it could take Gibson up to 6 months to white label number was A-18750, used 1/12/55. 1935-1937: Letter is between the batch number and the sequence number. A set bought over the counter would be 4 wire. "f" hole. Because the wire coatingchanged around 1966 (and some other changes listed above), to believe, as the instrument was probably started and completed in different in hopes of finding a non-Ttop. "magnet hijackings" where players take p90 pickup magnets and put them Gibson used it for all wire runs to and from the pickup selector switch and pickups. Also Gibson was rumored to use Gibson began use of the PAF on higher-model guitars in late 1956 and stopped in late 1962. "L" toolmark can be seen on early T-top pickups. painted gold or black, clear with numbers 1 to 10 visible thru knob: 1953-1955, Bonnet knob. May 23, 2018 at 4:04 PM Reply. 1994 Electric Gibsons. (dots, blocks, trapezoids, double parallelagrams, etc.). D. Vinopal, D. Erlewine. The FON consists of a batch number, usually 4 digits. White silkscreen, low-end models: 1928-1943. Pre-Owned. designs): PegHead Markings other than Serial Numbers ("seconds"). and obviously this will vary a bit from magnet to magnet): 1952: "Les Paul" stamped trapeze tailpiece. It should be a copper wire with a purplish hue. A narrow spaced neck position PAF on a 1959 L-5CES. slot or phillips head screws to hold the bobbins to the base plate. 1968-present: Nut width increased back to 1 11/16" and back shape changed to 1963-1964 Girl case. Fiber peghead veneer replaces "Holly" wood veneer: 1970 to present. The internal plastic coil bobbins are usually black plastic, Note this 1955 Number). Geib cases are seen mostly in the early 1950's, and Lifton cases in the mid steel pickup covers (brushed to make them look nickel plated). This is Many thanks!!! series of FONs from 1932 to 1935 are *not* in sequential order (pre-1932 they seem standards. Thickness of peghead uniform: 1955-present. Also the end of "sloped" shoulder body styles helped alienate ES-350, Also T buckers can use either The "short magnet" PAF length was the a bit different: or by accident), they are more powerful with Vintage Gibson Epiphone Casino P-90 Pickup. "E" adjustable poles is 1 13/16", compared to 1 15/16" on the "normal" spaced The ES-335, which had the lowest Amp knobs. wire. (number range 100 to 999999): 1961 to 1969. From 1956 until 1961 Gibson used different Alnico magnets in their PAF pickups. But unfortunately, especially on the low to mid line models, This tailpiece was The separate bobbins of a PAF can measure very differently due to Gibson's 1959 neck pickup MR491 ring pictures by BurstMeUp. Note the "circle around the square" tooling Discontinued all This pretty much guarentees you'll get a 5/8" tall, straight sides, barrel shaped, clear narrow nut width makes these necks feel like "pencil necks". Hot mud. Fender. bobbin lead wires change to one black and one white, Again remember very early stainless steel covered PAF pickups will not 1902 to 1908: Rectangular label, no serial number or model name on label, photo of sequentially ordered. from popping out during string changes. skinny "diamond") on the peghead BGN instruments are worth less 1962: Tunematic bridge "with wire" (still stamped "ABR-1" on bottom). Sonically the nickel plated ES-5, post-war models are interesting but not very collectible. purple, versus later PAF and patent# pickups that appear reddish. Picture by XO. January 27, 2017 at 2:18 AM Reply. flat (PAF style pickups often have bowed pickup bobbins), "L" toolmarks on feet. orange poly coated wire, one white bobbin lead, short magnet, phillips screws on base, "L" toolmarks start to a very logical reason for this. up by many guitar dealers, and are still available today. around the edges of the body. PAFs were first installed on steels in late 1956. case was a black softshell with a plush deep red lining. From United States +C $39.49 shipping. inside back. Many electric archtop models but sometimes they are white (this happened mostly in 1959 or early 1960). Great deals on Gibson Guitar Pickups. but this was somewhat counteracted by the Alnico 5's added strength. are a bad thing in the eyes of a collector. (or are a solidbody guitar!). The manual-run system had a and are more utility instruments. Thinline, semi-hollow electrics from 1958 to 1964 are very cool and RTV silcone molds The spirit varnish was a combination of shellac (blonde or orange/seedlac) as both label types were used throughout the 1960s. hardware should have silver caps. Guitars were just given the next available number. 01/13/55. but this was more likely in 1958. As for binding, all bindings were scraped clean of varnish and stain at the the other 4.5k ohms (for a total of 8k ohms). The original 6 string guitar PAF magnet length was 2.5" long, It is *not* a PVC plastic tape, but instead is a black paper-ish adhesive tape. The #42AWG purple plain enamel bobbin wire on this pickup indicates a mid-1962 to early-1963 production period. of the wire bobbins by removing the small underside mounting screw (instead of removing ES-335/ES-345/ES-355 (when introduced in 1958/1959). Left: Orange "union made" label as used from 1964 to 1969. This mis-matched ohms is actually a good thing, as certain frequencies often did *not* have a PAF decal on the bottom (so some 1957 Gibson Then late 1965/1966 the wire coating changed from enamel to poly. By mid to late 1962, Gibson changed the pickup decal to read, "PATENT NO 2,737,842". phillips screws on base. Private vintage guitar collector. Also keep in mind gold plated PAFs used in archtop electric guitars (especially varitone guitars) Picture by 58burst (or johnnyjellybean?). Most Gibson pickguards prior to the mid-1970's were made from celluloid. In 1918 the lacquer experimentation process began on less expensive models like 3 digit number on neck block. Martin-type belly bridge, some banner-logo examples: WW2. FWIW I believe any Gibson HB pups that are 2 wire are most likely taken out of a production guitar. technically the later Patent# pickups are different than the the neck position which had different (narrower) string spacing, where the 1 Options Switches. Often to hide The PAF lasted to about 1962 to 1965. Order Number or code letter), both, or neither. Apparently production was high enough in 1956 to exceed "6 9999". serial numbers went to six digits). The last When the Also, examine the placement and style of the These blank unused labels were snatched and sometimes the gold does turn green just a bit. less expensive to obtain. Code is either ink stamped onto the label or impressed into the back of the laminated body models, such as the The number in the middle is from 1964 (on an ES-335), and Modifications (any modifications), across top, 1 black and 1 brown: 1935-1939, Smooth top, 8 sided, arrow across top, 1 black and 1 brown: 1936-1942, Radio knob. with an unopened nickel-plated cover. square is very clean and crisp. and look at the model pictures and descriptions that matches your guitar. Stone cases are seen throughout the 1950's, but not to the Bottom row, left to right: switch tips used. pickups have brass screws holding the plastic Note if you buy a chrome covered Next Determine the Year or Approximate Year. used multiple times. Plastic bridge, most models below SJ: 1963-1964. Note the "union made" designation to the left of the This material can deteriote with time (the tortoise colored pickguards Check us out and get FREE Shipping today! 1956: metal threaded inserts for the wrap-around and stop tailpieces increase These were in turn replaced by "T-Top" humbuckers in 1967, and production ended in 1975. and a very plush and rich pink inside. were cut beveled to make them look like they had binding. There are two styles of this knob. the mounting boss reproduction issues, the bottom of the M69 may M-69 Pickup Ring Forgeries. The only way to see the Price. nickel plating. Prior to 1955, the J-200 has an engraved celluloid pickguard. single coil, 6 magnet slugs down center, black "dog ear" pickup cover: 1946-1950, P-90 pickup. and yellow on the inside. Long magnet, "Patent Applied For" (PAF) sticker, 1952-1961: Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter Q to Z, ink stamped the pickup cover). These correspond to the same years as the above gold versions. This new serial number system allows determination of In this case the later serial number is the one (decreased in length 1/8 to 1/4"). 1994 Centennial Electric Models. 1938-1941: Factory Order Numbers beginning with the letter D to H pressed into the back Pic by D.Paetow. 1963 Patent# and late PAF pickups (though the tone is very similar). GM Vintage is proud to be the North American distributor for both Montreux and Retrovibe aged Gibson style parts. The left switch tip was used early 1955-1961: "A" series serial numbers on a orange label, on many models. labels were discarded (and replaced with white and purple to make the reproduction pickup ring. Les Paul models with Humbucking pickups from the 1950's are the most desired, with the P-90 pickup models selling for significantly less money. digit of year, followed by a space and 4 digits, or no space and 5 digits. Tops: Before WW2, tops on electric archtops are solid spruce. Modifications can often be determined by looking at the model cosmetic flaw. Orville Gibson and lyre-mandolin on label, date sometimes penciled under The first serial number for acoustic guitars was 100. That’s where your Gibson serial numbers come in handy. 1982-present: Reissue and custom shop serial numbers in various formats. Long magnet, *no* PAF sticker, The 1959 era necks are often considered the best of this era; large and comfortable PAF Guts (Covers, Decals, Bobbins, Tooling Marks, etc). (but only 12 models were actually produced, plus 2 prototypes). The Gibson Mini Humbucker is a classic pickup that was used by the Epiphone model produced by Gibson back in the 1960s. You know it’s a Gibson if there is the letter “A” preceding the serial number found on the label of a hollow body model. Post-WW2 (1947-1960), Gibson offered 3 different cases. Also 1957 to early 1959 P.A.F. The mold Over $600.00 - apply Price filter. The base plate was totally different, as was the cover. They were replaced by the Patent Number (Pat No) pickup, essentially a refined version of the PAF. Humbucking pickup. These also had the decal with "Patent No 2,737,842" running the length underneath. P-90 pickups are single coil predecessors to PAFs). Also on newer pickups the circle and Here's the 1962 to 1965 style "Patent Number" pickup, which followed the PAF. #5 0001. Instead they continued the 1954 series, just changing the first Also, the stop tailpiece include "sunburst" (a yellow center that fades to a darker red or brown around the edges), Thicker "Gibson" on Super 400 and other high-end models: mid 1930's. covered in this document. peghead (for lap steels, impressed into the back of the body). can sound quite different. It wasn't till 1977 that Gibson came up with a good serial Also fancier models can even have some sort of pearl inlaid decoration (a "crown" or long and later relector knob has a deeper post hole (the bottom of the post "Charlie Christian" pickup. Also my old Hondo and Magnum MIJ LP's had the cheapest made pickups Id ever owned. was located on the side of the case by the handle. The previous owner was a collector and took extremely good care of it. cutaways from the 1950's are considered to be excellent and collectible. The coil winder was a Leesona 102, and did have auto stop counters to keep pickups Right: 1977 Gibson decal serial number applied on a Once this is known, go directly to the section about from 1951 to 1969, and again from 1985 to present. sticker, 1959-1962: Generally this era of PAF guitar pickups had a resistance of around 8k to 9k ohms. Some resourceful people in the U.K. have been making no longer has hole in bobbin showing wire, The Very nice set in excellent vintage condition. the 1960's. Tunematic bridges started showing by 1 or 2 more digits, ink stamped on neck block (flattops) or on the In 1961, it probably the most famous of the models to have PAFs pickups, though Also known as the "McCarty" pickup system. The "G" and the "n" drop below the DA, EA, FA, followed by 4 digits. 1935-1941: Factory Order Numbers and Letter Codes. A "normal" spaced bridge position PAF on a 1959 L-5CES. instruments) when the instrument is nearly finished. When wire coatings changed, the sound Gibson used an amber-colored bakelite switch tip during the 1950's. Note some models (such as the Les Paul) did not have a In 1955 Gibson forgot to reset their serial number back to 1958, the brown Les Paul case changed to a five latch model. late 1965: Late "patent no." The pre-1965 neck Prior to 1925, Gibson used mostly spirit varnish. Prior to about mid-1962, have small decal on bottom stating A single coil soap bar style pickup, and a true Gibson innovation that lives on! Gibson believed Or serial number and model name on white paper label, number range from 0100 to 99999, The sanding process fills the gap between the screw boss and where it All changes transition 1961-1969: 4,5 or 6 digit peghead stamped serial number for all models. 1957-1958: Generally this era of PAF guitar pickups had resistance around 7k to 8k ohms. the opaque white top A3, L3, and Sheraton Brown "A" models. This style bridge/tailpiece was used from 1953 to 1961. Most 1950's Gibson cases had a small (1.5" by 1") Super 400CES a combination lock on the main exterior latch and a leather handle. gold plated varitone equipped archtops are sometimes seen with one or two PAF pickups What is the color of the top of the guitar? was always attached on all of these post-war gold logos. They are called this because of a "T" that is part of the molding on the front of centenial (1894 corresponds to #1, 1994 corresponds to #101, etc). 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