This Article is designed to assist in dating and/or identifying instruments manufactured or distributed by Gibson Guitar Corp.
Please note that most of this information relates to serial numbers used from 1975 to present.
Some sequences were duplicated and refer to different dates, which can cause confusion when trying to accurately gauge the age of an instrument.
The ES-330 spans a particularly prolific production period and this involves numerous relevant and rather confusing serial number series, which are displayed below.
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The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no “MADE IN USA” (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).
To read the complete article, pick up a copy of Guitarist issue 330 at your local newsagent now.A lower price made it popular in mid-sixties beat group-era Britain, but a subsequent shift in fashion and playing styles saw sales suffer and ES-330TD production ceased in 1972.Although seen by many players as a poor relation to Gibson's other twin-cutaway semis of the sixties, the ES-330TD has certainly had its fair share of fans, likewise even more fashionable close cousin, the Epiphone Casino.For more details on Gibson Serialization prior to 1975 and historical product specs, use your Gruhn’s Guide or view the following PDF files: 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.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.