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" when that number is keyed in, or crap to that effect.
Those directories are good for most Gibsons, but Gibson themselves have been pretty spotty.Another forum seemed to have a guy replying to peoples queeries, but it was a few years old that thread. Will be interesting to compare it to the faded special that I already have... There's also Guitar dater project which has a section on Gibsons.It'll show you the date and factory where it was made.Beware of third-party sites that DO have forms as in the past scammers have used them to "prove" the authenticity of counterfeits they have been trying to shift.I checked Gibson site, but there's just details of what all the numbers mean - couldn't see a form for submitting or anything. I mailed Gibson with pics and serial, they say it's ok, so I'm good to go.2005-Current- 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 699 is stamped, the batch number will change to 1.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.
The only difference from the 1977-2005 is the addition of this batch indicator.
You need to post pics of the guitar, that's really the only way to tell.
Beyond this, some counterfeiters have apparently even gone to extreme lengths in the past by setting up fake "authentication" websites where they can setup the site to report anything they want about any given serial number, duplicated or otherwise.
Prior to 1984, the numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production.