Gibson Les Paul junior

I've got a Gibson Les paul junior, it's obviousely an old one but I cannot find the year as the number on the back of the headstock isn't visible anymore. The guitar has been through many changes, it was a real mess when I bought it: the owner had installed a second P90 to make it a LP special.
The Gibson logo is silver and not gold, so I would like to know how can I find the year of my junior.

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That's going to be tricky without a serial no.

Any pics?

I can send a picture but I doubt it will be any help because I had it done in TV and I got rid of the second pickup.
In fact what I would like to know, is there any other way of finding the year of my junior without refeering to the serial number that is missing.

Yes there is Nikki. Take a look at the volume and tone pots, which were more than likely made by CTS. Try and read the code numbers stamped into them and type a search for "CTS serial dates". Apart from a few hits for people who like to meet in bars ("I'll be waving a blue Nokia"), you should find good info on turning those codes into the date that CTS made the pots.

Of course, guitar makers keep a stock of pots so it's not the last word, but at least you can say that the guitar wasn't made prior to the latest pot date, assuming they haven't been replaced.

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