Dating my gibson guitar
It might be easier to number serial dates: Serial Dates On a more serious note, if you ordered directly from Gibson via your local store, then I would expect the guitar to be brand new and not a 2008.(Maybe they're naming it after the original introduction date and not meaning to suggest that the instrument itself was built in 2008.) A mail to Gibson should be able to confirm whether they indeed despatched a guitar with your number to Malaysia or not. Apparently, the only difference in the Special Edition and other 2008 Hummingbird MCs was that the color of the sunburst.
For many guitarists there's none better than a '58 Les Paul guitar, with a legendary sustain, power and feel.
(As a result, I expect that there were more VSB Hummingbirds than usual built that year.