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My new SG Standard doesn’t have the “2017 model” stamp under the “made in USA” stamp. Is this a new thing that Gibson is doing? Just curious.
 

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Does the serial number have 9 digits? First and second should be "17". Does the "1" have a serif?
 

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Yes, 9 digits and the “1” has a serif. It starts with “18” even though it’s a 2017 model. My other newer Gibson’s also say “2017 model” or “2018 model” or “2012 mode” and “2010 model” under the made in the USA stamp. Only my 2006 Les Paul Standard has nothing as does this SG.
 

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The “Year Model” stamps started circa 2008. I find it odd that recently others have reported that the year from the serial number does not match the “Year Model” stamp.

I realize the year never means the date the build was completed since the serial numbers are stamped before the guitars are painted, but you would think they could have the two stamps coincide with the same year.
 

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Mine doesn’t even have the model year stamp...
 

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Mine (also a Pelham Blue 2017) also lacks the MY 2017 designation (but the SN does start with 17). My 13 DOES have it.
 

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My new SG Standard doesn’t have the “2017 model” stamp under the “made in USA” stamp. Is this a new thing that Gibson is doing? Just curious.

Is it an exclusive/limited run model? They often (maybe always) leave the year stamp off of those.
 

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It’s a Pelham Blue SG, not sure if it’s a limited run or not.
 

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Is it an exclusive/limited run model? They often (maybe always) leave the year stamp off of those.

I believe the Pelham Blue ones were made for Zzounds/American Music Supply (same company). So it may fall into that category
 

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I believe the Pelham Blue ones were made for Zzounds/American Music Supply (same company). So it may fall into that category
Yup, got it from Zzounds. Maybe it is a limited thing. All I know is that it’s frickin’ rad.
 

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Yup, that an exclusive - I have the same guitar, and no year stamp on mine either.
 

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The “Year Model” stamps started circa 2008. I find it odd that recently others have reported that the year from the serial number does not match the “Year Model” stamp.

That's true for my Epiphone Iommi SG, too. I have seen Iommi SGs from 2015 and 2016 with matching serial numbers and year stamps. But my was produced in late 2017 and got the 2016 year stamp. I really wonder why...
 

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I believe the Pelham Blue ones were made for Zzounds/American Music Supply (same company). So it may fall into that category
Another great dilemna resolved by ESG !
What a forum this is, I'm always amazed about the sum of knowledge here.
 

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The “Year Model” stamps started circa 2008. I find it odd that recently others have reported that the year from the serial number does not match the “Year Model” stamp.

I realize the year never means the date the build was completed since the serial numbers are stamped before the guitars are painted, but you would think they could have the two stamps coincide with the same year.
It's almost as though the 2017 model sold better than the 2018 so they decided to make more 2017's in 2018. Not sure if that logically makes any sense. "We've run out of 1959 Les Pauls, we better make more even though it's 2018."
 

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It's almost as though the 2017 model sold better than the 2018 so they decided to make more 2017's in 2018. Not sure if that logically makes any sense. "We've run out of 1959 Les Pauls, we better make more even though it's 2018."

Lol, you have to wonder some times. And to be honest, if they made a 2017 model in January 2018, does it matter?

I think what matters is the spec. If things changed from one year to another
 

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Lol, you have to wonder some times. And to be honest, if they made a 2017 model in January 2018, does it matter?

I think what matters is the spec. If things changed from one year to another
It certainly doesn't matter to me. You'd just think that there would be a date that they would officially stop making 2017 model guitars and that would most likely be in the year 2017. It seems that this latest run of blue SGs for Zzounds wasn't made or even thought of until sometime in 2018. Funny stuff.
 

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It certainly doesn't matter to me. You'd just think that there would be a date that they would officially stop making 2017 model guitars and that would most likely be in the year 2017. It seems that this latest run of blue SGs for Zzounds wasn't made or even thought of until sometime in 2018. Funny stuff.

Yeah there’s some weird stuff going on for sure. Even if they keep the previous years specs, just change one # in the serial # after Jan 1. Seems pretty straight forward
 


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