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The G&L Tribute models have a different serial numbering scheme.All the Tribute Models have the build year and month coded in the serial number.

Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufature FF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking number Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333Note: Models from 2008 and onwards omit the factory ID letter prefix.Gibson Serial Numbers Acoustic and electric archtops 1902-1961Year / Last Numbers1903 -- 11501904 -- 18501905 -- 25501906 -- 33501907 -- 42501908 -- 54501909 -- 69501910 -- 87501911 -- 108501912 -- 133501913 -- 161001914 -- 201501915 -- 251501916 -- 320001917 -- 395001918 -- 479001919 -- 538001920 -- 622001921 -- 693001922 -- 714001923 -- 749001924 -- 803001925 -- 827001926 -- 836001927 -- 854001928 -- 873001929 -- 897501930 -- 902001931 -- 904501932 -- 907001933 -- 914001934 -- 923001935 -- 928001936 -- 941001937 -- 952001938 -- 957501939 -- 960501940 -- 966001941 -- 974001942 -- 977001943 -- 978501944 -- 982501945 - 986501946 -- 993001947 -- 9999991947 - 1961After number 999999 in 1947, Gibson started over with an "A" prefix.Year / Last Numbers1947 -- A 13051948 -- A 26651949 -- A 44101950 -- A 65961951 -- A 94201952 -- A 124601953 -- A 174351954 -- A 186651955 -- A 219101956 -- A 247551957 -- A 268201958 -- A 288801959 -- A 322851960 -- A 34645 1952 - 1961 Gibson solid body electrics This period had the serial stamped on the back of the headstock.Starting in early 2011 all G&L serials should be in sequence with the serial located on a metal plate on the back of the headstock. 2016, the metal plate was replaced with a waterslide decal. 2017, the serial numbers were laser-etched on the back of headstock.The serial number format is now: "CLFYYMMnnn", where YY=last two digits of year, MM=two digit month.

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