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The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.There are always exceptions to these rules, the two listed below are worth noting: Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no “MADE IN USA” (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).NOTE – as of 2000, 1st digit will be a “2” Examples: 91418009 is the 9th carved top produced on the 141st day of 1998.20045002 was the 2nd carved top stamped on the 4th day of 2005.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.Examples – 9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with “9” used only in 1989) 0 xxxx = 1990 9 xxxx = 1999 00xxxx = 2000 05xxxx = 2005 Those beginning with “94”: In 1994, Gibson’s Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with “94” for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number.

NOTE – Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..Ace Frehley Les Paul – 1997 Limited run, numbered in sequence as “ACE xxx” Note: The discontinued Gibson USA Ace Frehley Signature Les Paul has a standard 8 digit serial number. Numbered in sequence as “AS xxxx” Dickey Betts ’57 goldtop Les Paul Limited edition of 114.Numbered in sequence as “DB xxx” Dickey Betts ’57 red top Les Paul Numbered in sequence as “DBR xxx” Gary Rossington Les Paul Limited edition of 250.For instruments older than 1975, you’ll need to consult a Gruhn guide or one of the Blue Book PDFs available through Gibson’s site.– From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock.