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Thank You --I've been getting an overwhelming amount of emails and comments for gibson guitar serial numbers , specs and info .
(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).
From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.
However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
”, taken from the excellent Backstage Pass area of the Gibson site.
But that related only to Gibson guitars made from 1975 to Present.
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Domenic : Due to the overwhelming amount of comments on this blog i cannot answer all the questions although id love to .
FON consists a batch number of usually four digits, followed by a one letter (sometimes prefixed by a space) followed by one or two digits (ranking).
1935-1937: Letter between the batch number and the order number. 0123 A5 1938-1941: Two or three letters before batch number. If there is a second character follows it is the code for the type of the instrument.
Originally, Kanda Shokai used the 'Greco' brand name for the solid body models and used the 'Canda' brand name for its Acoustic models, basing this on the company name Kanda (Canda).
In the mid/late 1960s, Kanda Shokai also exported some Greco-branded guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs for Avnet/Goya in the USA.) guitar factories and were very similar to the late 1960s Ibanez guitars based on Hagström and EKO designs.
Kanda Shokai also marketed a few original designs in the late 60s including the Greco Semi-hollow "Shrike" guitars which were imported and marketed first by Goya and later by Kustom.