1977 Gibson G3 Bass

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1977 G3 characteristics: Small V shaped black headstock with silkscreened gold logo including the "i" dot connected to the "G" and open "o", Schaller BM tuners with Gibson name on gear plate, "G-3 MADE IN U.S.A." and serial number sometimes embossed onto back of headstock, two screw plastic truss rod cover including the model name, no volute, 4 bolt maple neck with dovetail joint headstock, pearloid dot fret markers, Gibson name neck plate, input jack on black/white/black/white/black pickguard, three transparent plastic covered single coil pickups, three position pickup selector switch, chrome bridge cover, single slot saddle metal plate bridge, two black speed knobs including numbers, CTS potentiometers, tiny "red drop" capacitor, strings through body, molded tolex Gibson name case with pink or red interior.

During most of the year serial numbers were eight digits beginning with an "06" prefix, located on the headstock back. In August Gibson changed it's eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme to: YDDDYPPP- The first and fifth letter indicate year of production. The second, third and fourth letters indicate the day of production within the year. The sixth, seventh and eighth letters indicate the manufacturing plant: 001 to 499 shows production rank at the Kalamazoo factory and 500 to 999 shows production rank at the Nashville factory. Gibson production totals show 316 Ebony, 104 Natural Maple Gloss, 488 Natural Satin, 156 Sunburst, 37 Walnut and 6 Wine Red Grabbers were shipped in 1977.