Some are printed or embossed on the back of the headstock and others are only on the label inside the body. At least they are consistent with their inconsistencies.I don't really follow the ES line much, but as I understand it, all ES models are made in Memphis.Yes I realised that shortly after I had written my response.Presumably one doesn't have to be an employee of Gibson to use that Avatar, but the group "Customer Services Team" clinches it. Anyway, It's pretty clear to me that "5" is Memphis and probably "0" is Nashville, but the wording of the response is slightly vague if this is the case.But the serial number on a Gibson can tell you when the guitar was made.With that information, you can determine its rarity and, ultimately, its worth. For acoustic instruments, the serial number is typically located inside the sound hole at the neck joint or on a piece of paper glued inside the guitar and visible through the sound hole.The age of a Gibson guitar, along with the physical condition and relative rarity, are the major factors in determining its value.
I have a question about the new 6 digit CS serial numbers.
Bodies for historic ES guitars ('59 & '63 reissues) begin life in Memphis and are then sent to Nashville for completion.
These do not have serial numbers on the back of the headstock. 5=Memphis Gibson is notoriously slow at update the info on their website.
Custom Shop regular production models CSYRRRR CS stands for "Custom Shop" Y indicates the production year RRRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of production Example: CS10845 is the 845th reg. My guitar has diamond inlay on the headstock and I can't really find any pictures or information about this guitar... My guitar has diamond inlay on the headstock and I can't really find any pictures or information about this guitar...
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