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'60's Gibson w/ 2 serial numbers

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by dwes, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. dwes

    dwes Member

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    Anyone know why a mid '60's SG Special would have two serial numbers? One appears to have been stamped over top of the other.

    Thanks!
     
  2. hathisisfunnyha

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    is it the same number? I have known of people who have sent back their guitar to Gibson or had someone else restamp the serial if it was fading.

    Any pics?
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I'll try to get an image of it, but it's going to be difficult - the numbers are very faint. There are different numbers depending upon the angle and lighting. The first two digits of the serial number don't appear to have been re-stamped. The other four do. The guitar has been blacklighted and was purchased from a reputable dealer a few years back. I hadn't noticed this until the morning.
     
  4. dwes

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    The Serial # is too hard to capture in room lighting and the flash bounces back off of the white finish. Maybe a better pic outdoors when the weather warms a bit.

    Here are a few images. Any thoughts/experience appreciated.

    Dave

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    My '66 es-335 was stamped twice. I assume they forgot to change the number, and restamped it. Only one digit is different, and it is one number higher, but there are two impressions. Just a slack builder I guess.
     
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    That sounds like a good possibility. Thanks.
     
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    Come on Gibson guys. Anything???
     
  8. mark norwine

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    My '64 ES-335 has 2 s/n's in the headstock. One of them matches the orange label. One of the numbers is hard to read.....almost like a holograph. But if you turn the neck just right, in just the right light, the 2nd s/n is clear as day.

    The headstock was also stamped as a "2".......I have to think they simply hit the neck twice, rendering the piece a factory 2nd.
     
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    I had a '72 Les Paul with two serial numbers. There was a 6 or 7 digit serial number in the usual place, then below that there was a second three digit serial number. The middle digit of the three was an "8". At first glance. Upon closer inspection, however, you could see that there was originally a "2" under the "8". In other words, the guitar was stamped as a second, and some unscrupulous a**hole stamped an "8" over the "2" and attempted to further disguise the fact by adding two digits on either side. I owned that guitar for many years before I realized that.
     

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