If you need to figure out the exact year of your Gibson J-200 guitar, use the serial number. This is located inside the body, on a white or orangle label inside the body's sound hole. See the Gibson Serial Number Info web page for help determining the exact year. J.Spann's book on FON numbers shows us some pre-war examples of SJ-200 batches: 1938. The book, which lists all the company's historical serial number schemes, is an invaluable resource when dating vintage Gibson guitars. If you're still having trouble accurately dating your Gibson, take pictures of the guitar, including the serial number, and upload them to the customer service section on the company's website. General Gibson serial number information. Gibson serial numbers are usually on the back of the guitars headstock; either stamped, inked or as a decal. Instruments with f-holes often have the serial number repeated on a label inside the guitar body. A lack of a serial number usually implies an instrument has been refinished.
Next, check for the serial number on the back of the headstock. It should have a serial number on top.
Modern numbers are 9 digits but older/vintage Gibson guitars are much shorter. It should also have 'Made in USA' underneath the serial number. Only the newer ones have the year on them so it's not necessarily a fake if it's not there.Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked (with too much ink). Keep in mind, Gibson never inked serial numbers on the Gibson Les Paul Standard but they did ink the custom shop series and some Les Paul Classics.
Gibson J 200 Check Serial Numbers On A Gun
Another thing to look for is whether the numbers are too close. Fakes are often too close.The fake one on the right has no serial number at all. Definitely a fake!You can search for your serial number at. It will return the birth date of your guitar and the manufacturing plant.