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Starting in early 2011 all G&L serials should be in sequence with the serial located on a metal plate on the back of the headstock. 2016, the metal plate was replaced with a waterslide decal. 2017, the serial numbers were laser-etched on the back of headstock.

The serial number format is now: "CLFYYMMnnn", where YY=last two digits of year, MM=two digit month.

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SZ(XXXXXX) Signature Series SZ0(XXXXX)='00, SZ1(XXXXX)='01, SZ2(XXXXX)='02, etc.T(XXXXXX) Tribute Series (check neck heel)V 4,5,6 digits Vintage Series (check neck heel)XN(XXXXX) FRS and Telecaster '52 (XN prefix may not appear on instrument) (XXX) OF 500 35TH Anniversary Strat from 1989-1990(XXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1982-1988 (Check neck date for exact year)(XXXXX) STAMPED ON BRIDGE PLATE U. '52 Vintage Telecaster 1988-present (Check neck date for exact year) G&L (Back to top of page) It seems there is no sure-fire way to get the year on a G&L.Note: US Vintage series starting in 1982 onward begins with a "V". LE(XXXXXX) Blonde Jazzmasters and Jaguars with Gold hardware made in 1994.You must remove neck to accurately date those.76 5 digits 1976S6 5 digits 1976S7 5 digits = 1977-1978S8 5 digits = 1977-1978S9 5 digits = 1978-1981E0 5 digits = 1979-1981E1 5 digits = 1980-1982E2 5 digits = 1982-1983E3 5 digits = 1982-1984E4 5 digits = 1984-1985, 1987-1988E8 5 digits = 1988-1989E9 5 digits = 1989-1990N9 5 digits = 1990N0 5 digits = 1990-1991N1 5 or 6 digits = 1991-1992N2 5 or 6 digits = 1992-1993N3 5 or 6 digits = 1993-1994N4 5 or 6 digits = 1994-1995N5 5 or 6 digits = 1995-1996N6 5 or 6 digits = 1996-1997N7 5 or 6 digits = 1997-1998N8 5 or 6 digits = 1998-1999N9 5 or 6 digits = 1999-2000(Note: "Z" may be replaced by "DZ" for US Deluxe Series)Z0 5 or 6 digits 2000 - 2001Z1 5 or 6 digits 2001 - 2002Z2 5 or 6 digits 2002 - 2003Z3 5 or 6 digits 2003 - 2004Z4 5 or 6 digits 2004 - 2005Z5 5 or 6 digits 2005 - 2006Z6 5 or 6 digits 2006 - 2007Z7 5 or 6 digits 2007 - 2008Z8 5 or 6 digits 2008 - 2009Z9 5 or 6 digits 2009 - 2010US10 6 digits ..... Promotional set with Blonde Deluxe Reverb Amp NC(XXXXXX) Squier Strat Bullets (dating unclear)SE(XXXXXX) Signature Series SE8(XXXXX)='88, SE9(XXXXX)='89 SN(XXXXXX) Signature Series SN0(XXXXX)='90, SN1(XXXXX)='91, SN2(XXXXX)='92, etc.A single digit month of manufacture may occur for some 1997 and earlier models.

The ranking number may consist of any number of digits.----------------------------------------------FYYMRRRRF = factory IDYY = year of manufacture M = letter code to corresponding month (A=January, B=February, etc...)RRRR = ranking number Example: R01B0123 = Peerless Korea / 2001 / February / unit 0123.----------------------------------------------FYYSSSS(Epiphone Elite/Elitist models)F = factory IDY = single digit year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.)YY = double digit year of manufacture (2010-Current)SSSS = sequential ranking number Example: F21234 = Fuji-gen Japan / 2002 / unit 1234Example: T101234 = Terada Japan / 2010 / unit 1234----------------------------------------------F-Serial Numbers on Les Paul Standard '59/'60 Models and Tribute/Plus Models The latest serial number system used by Epiphone has not yet been completely deciphered. The system uses running model numbers rather than a dedicated code for year, month, and place of manufacture.This method can often clear up a situation where the serial number is inconclusive.Pot codes may also point you to a general date range, but don't expect them to always be accurate. 1984 - 1987A 6 digits .........1985 - 1986B 6 digits .........1985 - 1986C 6 digits .........1985 - 1986F 6 digits ..........1986 - 1987G 6 digits .........1987 - 1988H 6 digits..........1988 - 1989I 6 digits............1989 - 1990J 6 digits 1989 - 1990K 6 digits 1990 - 1991L 6 digits 1991 - 1992M 6 digits 1992 - 1993N 6 Digits 1993 - 1994O 6 Digits 1994 - 1995 P 6 digits 1995 - 1996Q 6 digits 1993 - 1994S 6 digits 1994 - 1995T 6 digits 1994 - 1995U 6 digits 1995 - 1996N 5 digits 1995 - 1996V 6 digits 1996 - 1997Crafted in Japan Serials (usually back of neck)A 6 digits 1997 - 1998O 6 digits 1997 - 2000P 6 digits 1999 - 2002Q 6 digits 2002 - 2004R 6 digits 2004 - 2005S 6 digits 2006 - 2008T 6 digits 2007 - 2008Made in Mexico Serials (on headstock)MN0 5 or 6 digits 1990-1991MN1 5 or 6 digits 1991-1992MN2 5 or 6 digits 1992-1993MN3 5 or 6 digits 1993-1994MN4 5 or 6 digits 1994-1995MN5 5 or 6 digits 1995-1996MN6 5 or 6 digits 1996-1997MN7 5 or 6 digits 1997-1998MN8 5 or 6 digits 1998-1999MN9 5 or 6 digits 1999-2000MZ0 5 or 6 digits 2000-2001MZ1 5 or 6 digits 2001-2002MZ2 5 or 6 digits 2002-2003MZ3 5 or 6 digits 2003-2004MZ4 5 or 6 digits 2004-2005MZ5 5 or 6 digits 2005-2006MZ6 5 or 6 digits 2006-2007MZ7 5 or 6 digits 2007-2008MZ8 5 or 6 digits 2008-2009MZ9 5 or 6 digits 2009-2010"10" prefix followed by a space and eight digits Late 2009 through approximately March 2010MX10 6 digits 2010MX11 6 digits 2011MX12 6 digits 2012MX13 6 digits 2013MX14 6 digits 2014MX15 6 digits 2015-2016MX16 6 digits 2016-2017MX17 6 digits 2017-2018NOTES: Mexican Fender Signature Series used other prefixes, such as "MSN" 5 digits in the 1990s and "MS" in the 2000s.Below are random tidbits that may help you date yours.1980 - 1992First recorded serial numbers for guitars and bass by year: YEAR / GUITAR / BASS1980 G000530 B0005181981 G003122 B0019171982 G009886 B0085251983 G011654 B0103821984 G013273 B0142661985 G014690 B0161081986 G017325 B0176911987 G020241 B0180631988 G023725 B0196271989 G024983 0201061990 G026344 B0217881991 G027163 B0230131992 G029962 B024288GF and BC prefixes were used for the George Fullerton Signature Model and the Broadcaster, respectively.In 1997, the prefix CL (Clarence Leo) began use, and a couple years later it was changed to CLF.------------------------------ Perhaps the best way to date your G&L is to take the neck off.Gibson Serial Numbers Acoustic and electric archtops 1902-1961Year / Last Numbers1903 -- 11501904 -- 18501905 -- 25501906 -- 33501907 -- 42501908 -- 54501909 -- 69501910 -- 87501911 -- 108501912 -- 133501913 -- 161001914 -- 201501915 -- 251501916 -- 320001917 -- 395001918 -- 479001919 -- 538001920 -- 622001921 -- 693001922 -- 714001923 -- 749001924 -- 803001925 -- 827001926 -- 836001927 -- 854001928 -- 873001929 -- 897501930 -- 902001931 -- 904501932 -- 907001933 -- 914001934 -- 923001935 -- 928001936 -- 941001937 -- 952001938 -- 957501939 -- 960501940 -- 966001941 -- 974001942 -- 977001943 -- 978501944 -- 982501945 - 986501946 -- 993001947 -- 9999991947 - 1961After number 999999 in 1947, Gibson started over with an "A" prefix.