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Dating a Gibson

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by strke-fender, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. strke-fender


    Feb 26, 2009
    hey guys,

    I am about to purchase this Gibson bass, and I just want some more info on it. How old it is, original retail price, just general info.

    I appreciate any help anybody offers.


    Its a sunburst-ish Les Paul five string. It has Bartolini pickups that sound awesome and have a very high output.


    the back of the neck indicates its a "smartwood series" bass


    the body is flat, the back isn't contoured and the top is flat as well.

    there is not truss rod and the tuners are grover's.

    the serial number is


    thanks for any help guys!
  2. Jaymi

    Jaymi Pink Bass Man

    Feb 11, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Ampeg , GHS
    1999, 1st and 5th digit of the serial number
  3. Besides the point of this thread, it looks really nice!
  4. $Lindz$


    Oct 27, 2008
    And 265 makes it September 22nd, 1999 as the exact day.
  5. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
    congrats, that's really nice! btw, there is a truss rod under that cover on the headstock.
  6. strke-fender


    Feb 26, 2009
    yeah, i've never had a bass with a truss rod cover before and i knew what it was. but it just didn't cross my mind last night that it was more than a decoration

    thanks for the info and compliments