Serial number 72227008, purchased new April 7 1978. I'm the second owner. A Gibson rep at a guitar show I took it to told me "it was probably made in late '77 from leftover '76 re-issue parts." I can neither confirm nor deny that. The previous owner did not like the red/white/blue 'bird, and painted over it. I never tried to remove the black paint-I did not want to scratch up the pickguard or hurt the bird underneath. Excellent condition, plays and sounds killer, I still have the original warranty and registration papers! A similar 'bird sold on ebay for $2400+, here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=64402&item=3769859685&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW I thought I'd give my firends and fellow bass afficianados here first shot. If no one here makes me a reasonable offer, it'll go on ebay with a $1700 reserve. Comes with original hardshell case. Pix follow, thanks!