Dating epiphone guitar
The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.There are always exceptions to these rules, the two listed below are worth noting: Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label. The serial number is 880509595 and it's located on a stick-on strip on the back of the headstock.10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made.My guitar is a beautiful natural maple front and sides with a big lump of pinkish wood inside and sounds absolutely great. Thanks to all who responded and I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. For those who want to date their guitars, check this site out: carl_ejay - This is the info from the site regarding the serial number you quoted: Guitar Info Your guitar was made at the Unsung Plant, Korea May 1996 Production Number: 1385 Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. Not only do they produce guitars for several well known brands by OEM but also have their own line 'Silver Star'. Website - Hi guys, I am new to this forum I bought an Epiphone Dot today, it's really pretty and plays wonderful.This is my first electric guitar, saved up for it for a long time.
1998-Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.