Checking the date codes on pots is usually the second step (after approximating the date of the serial number) in determining the guitar’s year. And because many manufacturers purchased pots in large quantities, the pots could sit on the shelves for weeks—if not months—before they were installed.Basically, dating the pots only confirms the time the guitar could have been produced.
For many Gibson owners, it’s hard to believe that an individual serial number won’t automatically indicate the year and model of the guitar in question.In fact, without any other information about the guitar, the serial number is essentially worthless.Many of these Deluxes have “Standard” stamped on their truss-rod cover.I believe your guitar is a circa- 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe with optional full-size humbuckers.I’m sure the manufacturers know about these websites, but it must be brutal to try and stop offshore fakes.
Don’t buy from these crooks—unless, like me, you’re plotting a merciless slaying.
Based on the charts originally compiled from Gibson’s shipping ledgers by author A. Duchossoir, the serial number you provided could have been used on Gibson guitars produced in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, or 1975.
The most important dating feature on guitars with six-digit serial numbers is that, starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made In USA” near the serial number on the back of the headstock.
Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
The serial number is 676323, and “Made in USA” is stamped below that.
The Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, which was nearly identical to the Standard with the exception of mini-humbucker pickups, was produced during this time.