GIBSON SERIALIZATION Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky and at sometimes impossible.
The best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order number and any features that are particular to a specific time that changes may have occurred in instrument design (i.e. So far there have been 6 different serial number styles used on Gibson instruments.
Though not used on the earliest instruments produced (those done in 1952), a few of these instruments have 3 digits stamped on the headstock top.
Some time in 1953, instruments were ink stamped on the headstock back with 5 or 6 digit numbers, the first indicating the year, the following numbers are production numbers.
Some modern perks include the Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L. Baggs, and the lovely floral and vine abalone pearl headstock inlay.
From traditional 6-string instruments to 12-strings and hybrids, Gibson crafts a range of guitars to suit every player.White oval labels were used on instruments from 1902 to 1954, at which time the oval label was changed to an orange color.On instruments with round sound holes, this label is visible directly below it."You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from."--Cormac Mc Carthy "It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.-Walter Lippman Just because I don't say it...not mean, that I may not think it!I have been looking at Gibson acoustic images trying to see what Model Gibson a friend has. The numbers on the back of the headstock are not either. I have never seen that number placement on the back of the headstock in that position before, so I don't think it is a FON.Here are some pictures, Best I can tell is that it is a 1959 (S/N S1466), it has Kluson Deluxe tuners. The comment by tvguit on the TRC position caught my eye.Since all the instruments using this serial number pattern were acoustic or semi-hollow the labels were located inside the instrument body.Gibson introduced a new pattern when they began producing solid body guitars.This system is fairly reliable for guitars made from 1953 to 1961.A new system was put in place in 1961 which was set up to include all the Gibson instrument lines.