Serial Numbers for Gibson Flying V's

Note : The details given hereafter are valid for Flying Vs but may not be accurate for othe Gibson Models

1957 to 1960
Ink stamped number on back top of the headstock.
The ink stamped number consists of 5 digits, where there is a space between the first digit (representing the last digit of the year) and the following 4 (chronologic serial number). If there is a 6 digit ink stamped number, there is no embedded space as the serial number has exceeded 9999 and now occupies the place where the space existed in numbers 9999 and lower. No space and 5 digits following the year
only occured in 1959 and 1960.  Production in 1959 and 1960 was in excess of 9999 instruments so "9 9999" was reached and the six digit scheme can be found as follows : "93nnnn" It is assumed that they reached approx."93200".

Note : Although the first FlyingV prototypes were produced in 1957, the ones having surfaced so far hold 1960 or later numbers.
 
Year     First Number

1957    7
1958    8
1959    9
1960    0
 


              1958                                1959

1961 to 1969
From 1961 to 1969 Gibson went several times round the "6 digits", the numbers were stamped in on the back of the headstock.
All "1967" Flying V's would have numbers starting with "00",  the lack of "Made in USA" denoting a pre 1970 numbering.

Serial Numbers, Feb 1961 to 1969.
All models, stamped in back top of peghead. Note many numbers are duplicated from 1963-1969:

Range                       Year
0100     to 42440       1961
42441   to 61180       1962
61450   to 64222       1963
64240   to 70501       1964
71180   to 96600       1962
96601   to 99999       1963
000001 to 099999    1967 (all 6 digit numbers starting with "0" are 1967)
100000 to 106099    1963, 1967
106100 to 106899    1963
109000 to 109999    1963, 1967
110000 to 111549    1963
111550 to 115799    1963, 1967
115800 to 118299    1963
118300 to 120999    1963, 1967
121000 to 139999    1963
140000 to 140100    1963, 1967
140101 to 144304    1963
144305 to 144380    1964
144381 to 149864    1963
149865 to 149891    1964
149892 to 152989    1963
152990 to 174222    1964
174223 to 176643    1964, 1965
176644 to 250335    1964
250336 to 305983    1965
306000 to 310999    1965, 1967
311000 to 320149    1965
320150 to 320699    1967
320700 to 329179    1965
329180 to 330199    1965, 1967
330200 to 332240    1965, 1967, 1968
332241 to 348092    1965
348093 to 349100    1966
349121 to 368638    1965
368640 to 369890    1966
370000 to 370999    1967
380000 to 385309    1966
390000 to 390998    1967
400001 to 400999    1965-1968
401000 to 438922    1966
500000 to 500999    1965, 1966, 1968, 1969
501009 to 501600    1965
501601 to 501702    1968
501703 to 502706    1965, 1968
503010 to 503109    1968
503405 to 520955    1965, 1968
520956 to 530056    1968
530061 to 530850    1966, 1968, 1969
530851 to 530993    1968, 1969
530994 to 539999    1969
540000 to 540795    1966, 1969
540796 to 567400    1969
555000 to 556909    1966
570099 to 570755    1966
580000 to 580999    1969
600000 to 600999    1966-1969
601000 to 606090    1969
700000 to 700799    1966, 1967
750000 to 750999    1968, 1969
800000 to 800999    1966-1969
801000 to 812838    1966, 1969
812900 to 819999    1969
820000 to 820087    1966, 1969
820088 to 823830    1966
824000 to 824999    1969
828002 to 847488    1966, 1969
847499 to 858999    1966, 1969
859001 to 895038    1967
895039 to 896999    1968
897000 to 898999    1967, 1969
899000 to 972864    1968
 
 

1969 short headstock Flying V

Vollute
in 1970 Gibson introduced the vollute to strengthen the neck joint. That first appeared with the Medallion V.
 

 

1969 Flying V witout the vollute


1970 Medallion with the vollute

1970 to 1975
Serial number is stamped on the top back of the headstock.
Gibson also introduced the "MADE IN U.S.A.". It's also stamped in back top of headstock below the serial number and the same font  size.
At this stage, it appears on two lines with   "MADE IN" above "U.S.A.".
A second numbering plan was used which displays a letter followed by 6 digits although I have never seen this on a Flying V (yet).

Number         Year
000000's        1973
100000's        1970-1975
200000's        1973-1975
300000's        1974-1975
400000's        1974-1975
500000's        1974-1975
600000's        1970-1972, 1974-1975
700000's        1970-1972
800000's        1973-1975
900000's        1970-1972
A + 6 digits    1973-1975
B + 6 digits    1974-1975
C + 6 digits    1974-1975
D + 6 digits    1974-1975
E + 6 digits    1974-1975
F + 6 digits    1974-1975
 

1975 Flying V 

1974 "second"

1975-1977
Serial number on a golden oval decal, 2 digit prefix followed by 6 digits.
These were Limited Edition FlyingV's

Prefix    Year
99         1975
00         1976
06         1977
 

1975 Limited edition decal

 

1977 onwards
8 digit number impressed in back top of peghead in the following format:

YY (1st and 5th digit) = year
DDD (digits 2-4) = day of the year,
001=Jan 1st, 365=Dec 31st.
NNN (digits 6-8) = rank of instrument for that day.
Example: 80012005 = 5th instrument made in Kalamazoo
on the first day of 1982.

Note all Kalamazoo made instruments (1977-1984) and Bozeman (1989-present) are numbered beginning with 001 each day.
Instruments made at Nashville are numbered beginning with 500 each day.
 

1980 Flying V 2

1982

1989 V90 Double

1998 Limited Edition

1981 to 1983 Heritage Flying V's
The guiatrs have an inked serial number preceeded by a letter

Serial    Number
Annn    1981
Bnnn    1981 - 1982
Cnnn    1982 - 1983
Dnnn    1983
 
 

1891 Heritage reissue of the 1958 V

1994 Centennial
This special edition, for Gibson's 100 years anniversary, has a numbering plan from 1894 to 1994 inked with a separate digit on the right.
 
 

1994 Exception
In 1994, Gibson produced guitars following a different numbering scheme where the serial number begins with 94 followed by a 6 digit sequential number, instead of the above mentioned number scheme.
It is unclear if both schemes were used or how many guitars  were produced using this numbering.