Dating epiphone acoustic guitars
Epiphone started in 1928, when Epaminondas Stathopoulos founded the company Epiphone Company. The brand Epiphone is part of the Gibson Guitar Corporation parent group and brands like Wurlitzer, Kramer Guitars, Steinberger, Baldwin, Slingerland, Tobias, Valley Arts, Opcode, Chickering and of course Gibson belong to it as well. Every 45th Thomann customer has bought a Epiphone product at Thomann. With a total of 8822 media, reviews and test reports about Epiphone products you will find a substantial amount of additional information on our website e.g.
ranges of SNs exclusively assigned to one model (see example in Fig. Note that in many cases the very first and last SNs of a batch cannot be determined as long as there are SN gaps to the adjacent batch of a different model.Y = Year of manufacture MM = Month of manufacture PPP = Production number The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are: Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123 1987-1997 SEMI ACOUSTIC MODELSFor Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format.They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.This means: Epiphone's ascending SNs reflect a chronology of production.Based on these findings that ranges of consecutive SNs were assigned to batches of the same model, we can extend our research: To reconstructing missing model production data – by using interpolation and extrapolation algorithms on our SN data.
You can figure it out by yourself (when and where your guitars were made). Anyway, I'll be glad to help those who can't "read" their serial numbers properly, but it might take time to reply. (Cari, Epiphone Les Paul Custom Facebook Group administrator. YYMMFF12345 YY year MM month FF factory-code12345 production# FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers[NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed.