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Even before the world was introduced to these iconic axes, Gibson was rolling right along.

No other guitar company spans time like Orville's namesake enterprise.

They connect the guitar's humble and populist acoustic beginnings, to the big-band and jazz eras, and all way through to the electrified ear-deafening arms-race that became known as rock n roll.

2005-Current- Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005.

1977-2005 Gibson introduced the 8 digit serialization method.

This updated system uses an impressed eight digit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once 699 is stamped, the batch number will change to 1.The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.The only difference from the 1977-2005 is the addition of this batch indicator.YDDDYBPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year B is the batch number PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.