Gibson Banjo Serial Numbers
There are several places on the Internet to find Gibson banjo serial numbers. The most extensive list of pre-World War II serial numbers can be found at Tom Biggs Banjo Pages website. A compilation of numbers from the 1950's and 60's can be found at David Teal’s Bowtie 250 website. For more recent serial numbers check out the Gibson Guitar Corporation website. What follows is a short summary of the serial numbering system.
1918 - 1924 Trap Door Design
Complicating this scheme was evidently a second production line operated by Gibson in the year 1928. The instruments from this line were mostly custom built Bella Voce and Florentines as well as Granada and Style 5. These are all easily identified because their four digit Lot numbers begin with zero.
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