Dating epiphone guitars
Make sure you know the year in which your model was made before decrypting the serial number.Hi, I need help dating an Epihpone 12-string acoustic guitar.Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.Continue Reading In most cases, the serial numbers found on Epiphone guitars are found on the headstock, and the pattern they use really depends on which model and year your guitar was made.If your Epiphone was made in the '80s and '90s, there's a good chance it follows a similar, but different, pattern such as "FYYMMRRRR." The "F," in this instance, stands for the factory code, and the "M" stands for the month it was created.
Epiphone Elite/Elitist models FYSSSS F= Factory Code (this code will be an "F" or "T") Y= Year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.) SSSS= Sequential Serial Number Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model.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 first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.From 1975-1977 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: In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.