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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.
Note the lack of "Made in USA", thus denoting these are pre-1970 guitars.1994 Electric Gibsons.
In 1994 only, the Nashville Gibson factory numbered all instruments with a 94xxxxxx style number. This funky formatting keys the YYYY number to a ranking of the model according to the years of centenial (1894 corresponds to #1, 1994 corresponds to #101, etc).
The final 6 digits ranked the instruments over the whole year`s production. The MM was the month of the model within the series, ranging from 1 to 14 (but only 12 models were actually produced, plus 2 prototypes). The LP Classic have a 1950s style inked serial number with the first digit decoding to the last digit of the year.
After consultation with Joe Spann, whose ongoing research into original Gibson records has shed new light on true production dates, I have now changed to a listing of banjos by year.
This listing will be subject to revision as we continue to gain more insight into Gibson's factory order numbers, serial numbers, and production practices in the prewar and wartime periods.