Dating martin mandolins
For information on FON numbers a copy of The Blue Book of Electric Guitars by Zachary R. For the most accurate identification contact Gibson.
A decent mandolin may be a fairly big ticket item for many people.
Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.
Approval Period, Taxes, Duties: Most instruments ship with a 48-hour approval** period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you.
It's best when trying to evalute a collectible to contact Gibson for further information that is not as easily available.
in 1947 Gibson changed the serial number pattern and in 1954 went from white labels to orange labels.
Plant designations are as follows: 001-499 = Kalamazoo 500-999 = Nashville (300-999 from 1990-present) 001-299 = Bozeman, Montana (acoustics only starting 1989) * Kalamazoo numbers were discontinued in 1984.
The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40 years.
Gibson introduced the current system of serialization in 1977 and continues with it today.
The pattern is as follows: is the production year is the day of the year is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.
If the instrument has original electronics some dating can be verified by pot numbers.
Once again the system was modified in 1970 to a six digit number pressed into the back of the headstock.