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1976 Limited Edition Explorer serial # Range

Klyde59

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Anyone have an idea on the serial # range(lowest to highest) of 1976 Limited edition Explorers?(Not the reissue).
 

Klyde59

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I am asking because the one my friend just picked up is 00 230001.Interesting #,wondering what number range may be lower and higher than this one.
 

Melrock

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Hi,

the # on my 1976 Explorer Limited Edition is 00232986. I know from the Gibson shipping totals book ( Larry Meiners) that the explorer shipping numbers for 1976 are qty=2006 (ebony,white and natural). I have always wondered how many of those were limited editions. I have been told it was 100 limited editions but I have never seen it verified anywhere. My Explorer LE is one of the best playing guitars that I own.I love the neck. Meaty like a 58 or 59.They will have to pry it from my hands after I die

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Melrock
 

j45

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Here's 00235058

Converted to late 50's/early 60's specs, long magnet PAF's, no-wire ABR-1, Bigsby, 1960 reflector knobs, 50's switch tip, and vintage "Custom Made" plaque. I'm getting ready to have the neck profile reshaped exactly like one of my 50's Les Pauls. it also has one of the most kick ass headstock breaks I've seen. Looks like someone taped an M-80 behind the nut and lit it. All in all, this is an exceptionally good guitar by any year standards.

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keef

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My LE is 00229622. J45s geet is in the 235K range, but I bet they did not make 6,000 or more of these.

100 LEs - I've seen too many to believe that is a realistic estimate.
 

Klyde59

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I agree.There are quite a few out there,in comparison to 50's-early 60's production totals.My guess is somewhere between 500-1000 for the LE version.Thanks for the numbers,keep 'em coming.I am already aware that there are serial numbers lower than the 230k range,so the more I can compile the better.
 

Cody

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If the serial number is on a decal, it’s a 1976.
 

Lexilol

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If the serial number is on a decal, it’s a 1976.
Hi thanks for the reply. Please explain what a decal is? Google is just showing stickers and logos. That serial number is on the back of the head with made in USA
 

Cody

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The decal should be a sticker with gold lettering and numbers on it.

The easiest thing would be for you to post a pic of what you have, rather than having us try to blindly guess.
 

latestarter

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Here's a great thread on these.


I still have my 00233818
 
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