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Gibson Serial Numbers

What do the Gibson model numbers stand for?

This information originally appeared on CoMando.

A - ovoid mandolins
B - banjo - also RB - resonator banjo
C - classical guitar
E - electric instruments ES= electric Spanish guitar
F - florentine mandolins
G - guitar (steel string)
H - mandola
J - jumbo guitar
K - mandocello
L - guitars
J = mandobass
O= (orchestra?) guitar
U = harp guitar
TL = tenor lute (4 or 8 string tenor neck on f- hole pear shaped mandola body)
RB - Regular (5-string) banjo
MB- mandolin banjo
TB = tenor banjo
PB= plectrum banjo
CB = cello banjo
UB = ukulele banjo
J = jumbo guitar
C=classical guitar
B = guitar (B-25)
TG= tenor guitar
EB= electric bass guitar
EH = electric hawaiian guitar
ES = Electric Spanish guitar

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