Epiphone is one of the widely known guitar manufacturers. Originally an independent brand, Epiphone was bought by Gibson Guitar in As opposed to a brand such as Fender, whose guitars are either made in America or Mexico, Epiphone's guitars can come from a number of different factories in a variety of countries. For this reason, it is not as easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it was made. Epiphone stamps each guitar with a serial number, however, which when deciphered can tell a guitarist all he needs to know about the guitar. Locate the serial number on the back of the guitar's headstock the top of the neck where the strings are attached. The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter.
Although this step is optional, it can be very helpful in dating your guitar. Select the type of guitar you own from the list. Also, select where the serial number was located from the list.
Click the "Submit" button next to the serial number text box. Your guitar's model and year will appear on the screen.
Sep 17, In the first two years, an Epiphone die-stamped the serial number on the inside of the back of their instruments. If you look through the "F" hole on the bass side, you will see it positioned below the label. Beginning in , they moved the placement directly onto the label itself. This sequence begins in with the number. is the 8th Firebird III reissue produced in Historic ES MODELS (since ): M is the model year being reissued. Y is the production year. RRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year. Reissue model codes: 3= ES (block inlays) 9 with an "A" prefix = ES (dot. Acoustic guitars Japan The acoustic guitars from Epiphone, which were manufactured by Matsumoku in Japan from to , are not reliable serial numbering system, but can be approximately dated by color and inscription from the Epiphone label. Blue label The first blue labels that were used were leftover labels from the Kalamazoo.
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The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Vintage numbers from to are supported. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, Gibson Memphis - From the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock. This should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows. Dec 11, This serial number formats is solely used on Epiphone Elite or Elitist models. Y = single digit year of manufacture YY = double digit year of manufacture (Current) SSSS = sequential ranking number. Example: F = Fuji-gen Japan / / unit Example: T = Terada Japan / / unit Factory Letter Codes.
Corrections and additions to this section will be made as necessary. Prior to when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers indicated Kalamazoo production. Ranking numbers continued to indicate Nashville production through Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at and the electrics may start as low as the s.
Epiphone provides an affordable alternative to the relatively higher priced Gibson guitars. Epiphone guitars come in many varieties, including acoustic, electric, and acoustic-electric hybrids. It can be difficult to date a guitar, but there are some steps you can take to determine a range of dates during which a guitar was created. Serial Numbers, to , acoustic and electric guitars. The last known New York-made Epiphone was serial number (Epi Zephyr). Year Number Range to to to to to to Jan 24, Discussion in ' Epiphone Guitars ' started by Paruwi, Aug 11, Not open for further replies. In models begin to appear without a factory i.d. letter prefix. Y/YY = Year of manufacture (Single digit for some and earlier models) RRRR = Ranking number (may be more or less digits) M = Letter code to corresponding month (A = January.
Examples: means the instrument was produced on Jan. The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stampthe batch number will change to 1.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same. The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
Epiphone is one of the widely known guitar manufacturers. Originally an independent brand, Epiphone was bought by Gibson Guitar in As opposed to a brand such as Fender, whose guitars are either made in America or Mexico, Epiphone's guitars can come from a number of different factories in a variety of countries.
Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.