Dating gibson guitars by serial number
The first Gibson I ever bought was a 1952 ES125 (the first guitar I ever owned was an Antares acoustic.In 1991, I begged my mom for it after coming home the night before from a rock concert).One of only 83 Blonde ES-300s produced in 1948, most of which were only single pickup models. Rare Blonde Finish, Carved Spruce Top, Beautifully figured Maple Back and Sides, Large Rounded Neck Profile, and Gold Hardware. The pickguard has typical celluloid crystallization but is intact.Dating this time period of Gibsons is a little difficult especially with the original canisters on the pots making pot dating unavailable.One of the most highly flamed Gibson's you will ever see. Rare 1948 double pickup ES-300, Blonde Finish, Master Tone knob, Kluson tuners, 17 inch body, and Bigsby added in the 1960s.Included is the original hardshell case and Hang tag with matching serial number. Flamed Maple back and sides, Solid Spruce Top, Venetian Cutaway, Rare Blonde Finish, Gold Hardware, NO Volute and Tortoiseshell pickguard.At the time, I understood the ES125 was vintage, but had no idea that it was just a regular Gibson student model. Rich, ESP, Jackson, Dean, and Ibanez which were played by my favorite bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Testament.It had the basic Kluson strip tuners and P-90 pickup. The reason I had purchased it in the first place was that I was trying to learn a new genre of music - Growing up as a teenager in the '80's I gravitated to hard rock and heavy metal. These guitars play fast and loud which is great, but when trying to learn chord shapes and progressions, I wanted something more boxy, something with a little more history. After attending several guitar shows and being exposed to all makes, models, eras and brands, I found that I was most interested in Gibson.
Removed from an early 1923 Lloyd Loar Master Model F-5 Mandolin, is a Virzi Tone-Amplifier. The original owner whom I got this, obtained it from a gentleman who worked for the original Kalamazoo, Gibson Company. Although Lloyd Loar did not invent this, with Gibson having exclusive rights, Loar installed these into his signed Master Models.
The Ibanez brand name dates back to 1929 when Hoshino Gakki began importing Salvador Ibáñez guitars from Spain.
After Telésforo Julve bought the company in 1933, Hoshino Gakki decided to make Spanish acoustic guitars in 1935, at first using the "Ibanez Salvador" brand name, and then later using the "Ibanez" brand name.
1920's, when Gibson's Lloyd Loar designed the first f-hole guitar, his Master Model L5.
This invention had a major impact in the look and sound of guitar/mandolin manufacture because up until this time, the tops of guitars had only a large sound-hole.