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I get several questions about Gibson serial numbers every day, and my initial answer is always to not expect or rely on the serial number alone to determine the year of manufacture.

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In fact, without any other information about the guitar, the serial number is essentially worthless.

This was mainly caused by Gibson trying to keep up with production while attempting to serialize everything accurately, as well.

Guitar production wasn’t nearly as fast paced during that period as it was in the 1960s, which meant Gibson ordered fewer parts at that time.

Also note that, in mid-1972, the “Les Paul” signature and “Model” inscription were changed from a silkscreen to a decal.

I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.

Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.I was told that they were not installed by Gibson but the guitar shows no sign of another tuner peg being installed so that leads me to believe that it came from the factory like this. During my looking on the net for info I found a person selling one exactly like mine on ebay with the same pegs and he told me that there was a period of time that the Klaus were unavailable and this was substituted, but no other details. Further, beginning in 1972, Gibson began offering the Les Paul Deluxe with a special order of full-size humbuckers.Many of these Deluxes have “Standard” stamped on their truss-rod cover.I believe your guitar is a circa- 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.

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