There are two basic components to your Les Paul question: dating it and identifying it.I’ll start with trying to date the instrument, but keep in mind that dating and identifying Gibson guitars typically go hand in hand.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.
He remained under contract to Gibson, and was photographed with the new model several times.
Gibson honored Les Paul's request, and the new model was renamed "SG", which stood for "Solid Guitar".
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Hey Zach, I have a Gibson Les Paul I’m trying to identify.
Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.
The neck joint was moved by three frets to further ease access to the upper frets.
The simpler body construction significantly reduced production costs, and the new Les Paul, with its slender neck profile and small heel was advertised as having the "fastest neck in the world".
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Les Paul's name was officially deleted in 1963, but the SG continued to feature Les Paul nameplates and truss rod covers until the end of 1963.