For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.These "modernistic" guitars did not sell initially.
The Firebird, in the early 60s, was a reprise of the modernistic idea, though less extreme.
In the late 50s, Mc Carty knew that Gibson was seen as a traditional company and began an effort to create more modern guitars.
Gibson was owned by the Norlin corporation from 1969 to 1986. Initially, the company produced only Orville Gibson's original designs.
In 1986, the company was acquired by its present owners. In 1936 Gibson introduced their first "Electric Spanish" model, the ES-150 followed by other electric instruments like steel guitars, banjos and mandolins.
He led an expansion of the guitar line with new guitars such as the "Les Paul" guitar introduced in 1952 and designed by Les Paul, a popular musician in the 1950s and also a pioneer in music technology.