Seriously though, the best way to date a vintage SG is often not the serial number, but rather by the potentiometer codes and other features it has. Only in did Gibson switch to a reliable serial number system which can be trusted as a dating tool. Even then, you want to have a rough idea of when it was made based on the features first, because they have used several different serial number formats through the years. It is important to remember that no one feature is the absolute determinant factor in dating, but rather the totality of all features taken into consideration. It is not normal for any other vintage SG to have remarkably low frets.
Gibson is a popular and collectible guitar brand. It remains one of the only guitar manufacturers to produce its instruments exclusively in the United States. Since , all Gibson acoustic guitars have been made in Bozeman, Mont. Knowing where the guitar was manufactured is straightforward, but knowing when it was made can be tricky, as Gibson's serial numbering system has changed numerous times through the years.