The last digit in the SN of my Gibson Firebird '97 looks strange. Why?

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  1. Jem999

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    Hi,

    I've just bought a Firebird. Looks original (at least, 3 pots out of 4 are Gibson marked).

    Comes with the original HSC - no doubt.

    SN 91087708

    But the last digit in the serial number looks so strange: it's black! And very prominent comparing to the rest digits.

    All the digits (and the headstock) are covered with the same lay of lacquer.

    Also, the volume and tone knobs - changed? (in most Firebirds V they are black with silver caps)

    Why the last digit is so different? Any ideas, thoughts or known facts.

    Emailed to Gibson, got quite a "general" explanation:
    "This guitar appears consistent with a 1997 Gibson Firebird V model which was built at our Gibson USA plant in Nashville, TN that year. I have attached specs for that model. "
    With a catalog page and very general specs attached

    Best regards,

    Alex Grishin
     

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  2. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Well that year they did not do b stock or 2nds so no one
    tried to wipe that out. They probably had a problem
    with the nitro celluose on that part of headstock before they stamped it and had
    to do it again so it would have all serial numbers visible. Just saying
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    P-Nutz Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I don’t think it’s real. Please send it to me and I’ll dispose of it probably … err, I mean properly! :cool:
     
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    backporchmusic Poster Extraordinaire

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    It's almost 25 years old. Perhaps someone took a thin marker and colored it in out of boredom or an attempt to make it 'unique' and identifiable if stolen.

    Could be anything really.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    With the knobs, somone just changed out the reflector knobs for gold bell knobs. It's still a Gibson-style knob, just not the orginal style for a Firebird.
     
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    Interesting thoughts!
    So, no worries about this issue
     
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    Probably stamped with the incorrect number at the factory - and inked over. No good way to correct a stamped number. Don't want to send out 2 guitars with the same number!
     
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