Dont know a lot about these numbers so take that with a pinch of salt, you could try posting your question here: and goto the forum link. Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is? Some of these Epiphone instruments were effectively identical to the relevant Gibson versions, perhaps made with same timber, materials and components as the contemporary equivalent Gibson guitars. In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York to Philadelphia. This guitar is in pristine condition. I presume, which could actually be quite cool to have a secret agent Epi, however, I digress. I may just end up scouring the Internet for snippets.
Here's a guide to Epiphone serial numbers taken from Gibson's website: Most regular production models since ca. Gibson-built Epiphones followed the Gibson serial numbering scheme. The body of the guitar appeared to be a laminate mahogany top, back, and sides-not maple, like a typical 335- with a subtle, tobacco-burst, nitro lacquer finish. Al is correct as usual, Made in Korea by Samick 1986 - 1988. Mine also begins with 311.
The Valve Senior offers 20 watts of power, with a full equalizer, gain, volume, reverb, and presence control. About the after market stuff. This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all. Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. Does anyone else have similar numbering out there? Here you have some pics.
Mystery Ephiphone Guitar: Prototype or Custom Build? Also, of used one for many years. It's an early Korean-made Sheraton. Anyhow, the serial number is either; 1 one 0. Does anyone else have similar numbering out there? Workmanship and manufacturing standards were so high that Gibson killed the model. The most weird thing of all, is something that I discovered by accident.
Made by Terada Music and sold only in the Japanese domestic market, this Orange label semi-hollow symbolizes the very best of Japanese craftsmanship. Epiphone began in 1873, in , now , , where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own and ,. Related Links Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. The next two digits are the factory identifier. It has been well looked after and has spent most of it's life in it's case. They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.
Binding on fretboard moves to outer edges no longer inset. Construction of these guitars differed greatly from past Epiphone models. Tone and volume potentiometers typically have a series of numbers on them that identify the manufacturer and the production date. Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants both Gibson and Epiphone in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have very few reservation about the condition of this guitar. I just bought this beautiful Epiphone Sheraton and I've been having lots of trouble trying to date it, the serial numer is 80100497 no prefix.
Next 2 digits: Month of manufacture. All of the markings scream Gibson so I figure this is an experimental custom build to see what they could produce on a limited budget. First of all,the very first clue would be that this has an Gibson Headstock, not an Epiphone. Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. Are you sure that yours is a Pro? In 2004 Epiphone introduced a series of acoustic guitars named Masterbilt after a line of guitars of the 1930s, which are built in the same factory. The hard case in black with a plush interior and again is in excellent condition.
Just after the end of , the company started to make. The and Special were produced in the early 1980s in Kalamazoo. There were several other one-off prototypes that came out of Kalamazoo during that time period as well. The 335 originally used dot inlays on the neck, later replaced by blocks. The most recently manufactured Sheratons were signature models.
I removed it, and underneath it was apparently a different detail number. These guitars were of higher quality than that of the previous years of production in Japan and included models such as the Wilshire, Emperor, Riviera and Newport bass. Though this is not an official signature guitar, it is much closer to Gallagher's Union Jack Sheraton, although with two noticeable differences. I could not get the whole number underneath the tape because unfortunately when I removed the tape it took off some of the serial number below it it. Conn company best known for band and orchestral instruments , and was all but out of business.
Cherry red finish introduced this will remain the rarest Sheraton finish throughout Gibson's production period of the 1960s. Here you have some pics. Customer Service that guarantees the instrument against defects in materials or workmanship. The bound fingerboard is another elegant touch. Hi, I have such an Epiphone, serial number begining with 88 and I cannot find when it was made either! The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.