Dating guitar pots
Can you tell me what model this is and how much it is worth today? —Brian Page Left: The mystery ’70s Gibson Les Paul.
Upper Right: Starting in 1970, Gibson began stamping “Made in USA” on the back of the headstock.
I was told to check the potentiometer date codes, which all have “1377142” impressed into them.
I read on a Gibson forum that, on seven-digit pot codes, the fourth and fifth numbers represent the date.
I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.
The first three digits ( 137 ) are source or manufacturer code The fourth and fifth digits will give you the last two digits of the year The sixth and seventh digit ( 01-52 ) will give you the week of the year. Moritz Guitars Repairs, Refinishing, Restorations, Authorized Allparts, Gibson and Fender Replacement Parts Dealer Thanks to both of you for your very good help. It's not how fast you play, it's what you say...Dating a Guitar to locate the year it was made - Locate the year your guitar was made to find out the possible value depending on condition.Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars. They could be difficult to read if there is solder or wires obstructing the numbers but between all the pots you should be able to get the full numbers... In the photo you can see a 64 between the wires and the solder. Dave 1960-ish Guillermo Lluquet arch top vintage burst 2 Voss single coil pups 1971 SG Standard Lyre Maestro tremolo, Cherry, original patent number sticker humbuckers 1983 Corvus, old gold, 3 single coil pups with 5 way selector switch 1997 Blueshawk, red/gold hardware,2 blues 90 pups with rotary vary sound selector 2002 Fender Strat MIM Standard 2006 LP Studio project, refinished with a gold leaf top, Seymour Duncan pups with Jimmy Page set-up 2006 Johnny A custom, 57 Classic pups 2007 JP EDS 1275, Jimmy Page pups 2007 LP classic Heritage Cherry Sunburst, 496R and 500T ceramic humbucker pups 2007 LP Robot Guitar 1st edition, 490R and 498T pups 2007 LP Custom black/gold hardware, 490R and 498T pups 2007 Brain May, Red Special 3 Andeson Tri-Sonics pups 2008 Alhambra Acoustic model Auditorium Luthier. 2011 Fender Strat Mahogany Crimson Red 2 Tex Mex single coils, 1 humbucker and S1 switch 2013 Fender Acoustic CD140SCE NAT 2014 Pignose travel guitar, 1 humbucker with built-in speaker and 1watt amp 2014 Taylor 214ce Deluxe Auditorium cutaway. My question is: How do you determine the date of the Vol & tone pots? Open up the cover on the back of your guitar to expose the pots, it will look like this: Try to see the numbers on the back of the pots.