G&L Serial Numbers

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G&L has had two primary serial number schemes throughout its life. It is important to note that G&L’s serial numbers are non-sequential. Batches of bridges and neck plates are made and then tossed into a bin. When building instruments, builders just grab a part out of the bin and build with it. However, the serial number can still give you a rough idea of when your instrument was made. For example, GF0025 is most likely not the 25th George Fullerton Signature made; in fact, it may not even be from “early” Fullerton production. It is also important to note that not all serial numbers were used because some bridges were defective.

1980-1997

Originally, numbers of the form GXXXXXX were used for guitars and numbers of the form BXXXXXX were used for basses. The two notable exceptions to this are the “GF” and “BC” serial numbers, used for the George Fullerton Signature Model and the Broadcaster, respectively.

G&L’s website provides the first serial number used in each year up to 1992.

Year

First Guitar Serial #

First Bass Serial #

Location

1980

G000530

B000518

Bridge

1981

G003122

B001917

Bridge

1982

G009886

B008525

Bridge

1983

G011654

B010382

Bridge/Neck Plate

1984

G013273

B014266

Neck Plate

1985

G014690

B016108

Neck Plate

1986

G017325

B017691

Neck Plate

1987

G020241

B018063

Neck Plate

1988

G023725

B019627

Neck Plate

1989

G024983

B020106

Neck Plate

1990

G026344

B021788

Neck Plate

1991

G027163

B023013

Neck Plate

1992

G029962

B024288

Neck Plate

1997-Present

G&L’s current serial number scheme, begun in late 1997, is of the form CLXXXXX, where CL stands for “Clarence Leo” (note that “Leo Fender’s full name was “Clarence Leonidas Fender”). This was changed one year later to the most current scheme of CLFXXXXX.

Another good resource for finding out about your serial number is the G&L Registry, linked below.

Other Notes

The best way to date a G&L instrument is to take off the neck. There should be a date on the body in the neck cavity and a date on the neck itself. Note that even this is not a perfect method, as necks and bodies could have been made weeks or even months before their use on an instrument.

 

5 Comments on G&L Serial Numbers

  1. Please,
    I want to know when my L2500 was made (SN: CLF20146).

    Best regards,
    Waldyr.

    • Bryan Peterson // January 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm // Reply

      We’re not in a position to give precise dating for anything. Most of the time, the manufacturer is more than willing to help you out with a phone call or an email.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I have a G&L Bass Serial# E32473 Trying to figure out what year it was built. Any one know how to determine from this serial number?

  3. Willie Brown Jr // September 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    My G & L Legacy USA I found in a pawn shop the Serial# G042514 just trying to find a date of the Guitar, can someone help me?

  4. My Red ASAT Tele has the following:
    …in the neck cavity – Jan 14 1997
    …on the neck, Dec 30 1996 ASAT #2 (initals – B.E or P.E. or P.F.)
    The serial on the Neck Plate is G049993
    Translucent Red Finish (so you can see the grain)
    White Pick Guard
    Chrome Hardware…
    I’m not sure what Pickups this particular Tele has but they are White, are 1 1/8 x 3 1/2, say G&L and are Pat Number 4220069
    Any additional information with regard to the model name (series), pickups, the name of the finish etc would be very cool.
    Thanks
    Kelly R.

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