Hi, I have such an Epiphone, serial number begining with 88 and I cannot find when it was made either! The last known New York-made Epiphone was serial number 69637 Epi Zephyr. In fact, I think mine is factory 2nd, it's got 2nd imprinted above the serial on the back of the headstock. Production was moved back to Nashville and Bozeman for a similar limited run of instruments 250 each of Sheratons, Rivieras, Frontiers, Excellentes and Texans. Here's a pic from that one showing the neck plate: This model was called The Bard. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.
Is anyone able to date my Epiphone Sheraton? This factory has been cited for quality workmanship. The I means The Saein Musical Instrument Co. By 1980, most Japanese-only designs were available for worldwide distribution. Hope you can find out more about these guitars. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989. I mean, even the Epiphone banner looks good.
From 1944 to the end of 1950, specific 2-digit prefixes were assigned to individual electric models. Official Epiphone site: Buy electric or acoustic guitars, Les Paul electric guitars, or bass guitars. Beginning in 1961, Epiphone serial numbers follow Gibson's serial number series. About Epiphone acoustics data base. There are no known factory ledgers for Epiphone. It seems to be a bit random. Epiphone also continued its production of world class archtop guitars using the same patterns and molds from Epi's New York era.
High-end acoustic archtop Epiphones are constructed of high quality, solid woods. For this reason, it is not so easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it is made. All models, stamped in back top of peghead. Due to the 88 at the front I think it might be an early sample from the company whom started manufacture in the 90's for Epiphone. This Module has been updated to work with the newer serial number formats. As of 2012, Epiphone has ceased production of their line of amplifiers with the exception of the Player and Performance Pack practice amplifiers, available only in Epiphone's starter packages.
One letter seven digits The letter indicates the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year. These Epiphone models made from 1958 to 1960 like the Sheraton and Coronet are much more collectable and valuable with New York pickups, even though everyone agrees the later models sound much better fitted with Gibson pickups. Two letters five digits The letters indicate the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year. By 1976 new designs of higher quality were being introduced for export but did not include the current Japanese market models. These were manufactured in Korea by Samick between 1984 and 1995. This guide, republished courtesy of Gibson.
It follows that potential scammers can use this knowledge to try to trick unsuspecting buyers. Fred have established an Epiphone serial number registry. There have been many cases of this failure with this series bolt-on necks. I stated that in the first line of my response, all I meant by it is some people are under the false impression that a proper serial number means a guitar is the real deal. But for those who are looking to understand how to read a string of numbers to identify your Epi, this will help to clarify what year and place it was made. Obviously any production number conclusions drawn are based on the instruments Jim has recorded only.
Pictures, history for epiphone vintage guitars. Follow Epiphone on Twitter for the latest news, sneak peeks, contests, polls and more. There were a couple of reasons for this: the death of Epi meant his widow's shares where purchased causing a financial restructuring of the company and it's assets. There can't be much human labor involved. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. I didn't know there were any Czech Epiphones.
Numbers thanks to Walter Carter. Case in point, the short lived solid body Epiphone Del Rey model was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul double cut. I've never had any definitive answer to where mine is from either. But chances are, it's pre-'92, and almost certainly pre-'96. I think Korea has more Western world than we think. Korea L Leader Musical Instrument Co Ltd.