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Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.Between Gibson employed women to manufacture guitars.
Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.
The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made.
The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made.
NOTE - 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 we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.