1. Nov 28, 2016 - In addition that serial number does not match any Epi data. It might be 'J1..' But even then there are too many digits. Please check carefully.
  2. In 1994, Gibson’s Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with “94” for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number. EPIPHONE GUITARS SERIAL INFORMATION. Most regular production models since ca.
  1. Epiphone Guitar Serial Number Check Free
  2. Epiphone Guitar Serial Numbers Dating

Vintage Gibson serial numbers. So Gibson re-used serial numbers. If you read through the charts for a hypothetical number, say 123456 - we see that it was shipped in 1963, 1970-72, and again in 74-75. Not an ideal situation, but many of the Guitars we see listed for sale as 1960s instruments, are actually newer. May 4, 2011 - Wondering how old your Gibson or Epiphone guitar is? Maybe you have a Gibson banjo, dobro, or a Goldtone amplifier you're not sure about. Gibson serial numbers 1952 to 1961, solidbody model. For this reason, the array of four-digit serial number was exceeded after 9999. Thence 5 digits and no space between the year (5) and the serial number. (After 5 9999 came 510 000) Evidently the production was high in 1956 because '6 9999' is exceeded.

Epiphone
Subsidiary
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1873; 146 years ago in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey)
FounderAnastasios Stathopoulos
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Jim Rosenberg (President)[1]
ProductsElectric, acoustic, archtop & resonator guitars
Basses
Banjos
Mandolins
Ukuleles
Amplifiers
Effects units
ParentGibson
WebsiteOfficial website

Epiphone is an American musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos, currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1957, Epiphone, Inc. was purchased by Gibson and relocated from New York to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to 1957.[2] Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made double basses, banjos, and other string instruments. However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II and death of Epaminondas Stathopoulos in 1943 allowed Gibson to purchase it.[3] Epiphone also manufactures resonator guitars under the Dobro brand.

The name 'Epiphone' is a combination of proprietor Epaminondas Stathopoulos' (Επαμεινώνδας Σταθόπουλος) nickname 'Epi' and 'phone' (from Greek phon- (φωνή), 'voice').[4]

  • 2Instruments
    • 2.1Guitars
  • 3Manufacturing

History[edit]

1945 Epiphone Blackstone archtop guitar, made in New York.
Mandolin.
ET-270T with Kurt Cobain's autograph.
Les Paul standard.
Slash signature Les Paul.
A Casino model, used by John Lennon.
Epiphone Explorer (1984).
A Flying V.
An ES-175 model.
Wilshire model with tremotone.
Joe Pass signature Emperor.
Mandobird electric mandolin.
Triumph Deluxe.
PR-5E VS Cutaway Acoustic.
Supernova.
A Sheraton II.
Valve junior stack.

Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes (oud, laouto). Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York. Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ('Epi'), took over. After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.[5] Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos. The company produced its recording line of banjos in 1924 and, four years later, took on the name of the Epiphone Banjo Company. It produced its first guitars in 1928. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York City to Philadelphia. In 1957 the company was acquired by Gibson.[6]

Instruments[edit]

Guitars[edit]

After Epiphone became a subsidiary of Norlin (Gibson's parent after 1969), many of its instruments were later patterned after the more expensive Gibson versions. Occasionally, Epiphone models are of such high quality that sales of those less expensive instruments actually cut into the Gibson's sales. Case in point, the short lived solid body Epiphone Del Rey model was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul double cut. Workmanship and manufacturing standards were so high that Gibson killed the model. To help distinguish itself from the parent brand, Epiphone also maintains its own line of archtop guitars and basses.

As of January 2013, Epiphone makes the following guitars:

Gibson Models[edit]

  • Dove / PRO
  • EJ-200 Artist / 200CE (J-200)
  • EL-00 / PRO (L-00)
  • ES-335 PRO
  • ES-339 PRO / 339 Ultra
  • Explorer – 1984 EX / 1958 Goth
  • Firebird TV-Silver
  • Flying V – '58 Korina
  • Flying-V – Jeff Waters Anihillation-V
  • Flying-V – Robb Flynn Love/Death Baritone
  • Hummingbird / PRO / Artist
  • Les Paul
    • Les Paul Baritone[7]
    • Les Paul 1956 Goldtop
    • Ace Frehley Budokan Les Paul
    • Joe Bonamassa Goldtop
    • Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO 'Phenix'
    • Les Paul Black Beauty 3
    • Les Paul Custom PRO / Blackback
    • Les Paul Nightfall**
    • Les Paul Prophecy EX & GX
    • Les Paul Special I
    • Les Paul Special II
    • Les Paul Standard / Royale / PRO
    • Les Paul Studio / Goth
    • Les Paul Tribute
    • Les Paul Traditional PRO
    • Les Paul Ultra III / PRO
    • Les Paul Ukulele
    • Tak Matsumoto DC Standard & Custom Plus
    • Zakk Wylde Custom Plus Bullseye
  • Nighthawk Custom
  • SG
    • 1961 SG Special
    • 1966 G-400 PRO
    • G400 Goth / Faded
    • G-400 PRO
    • SG Special
  • Thunderbird-IV / Goth / PRO-IV / Classic-IV PRO

Original Epiphone models[edit]

  • AJ-100 / 100CE
  • AJ-150HS
  • AJ-220S / 220SCE
  • Allen Woody Rumblekat
  • Blackstone
  • Broadway
  • Casino / 1961 50th Anniversary / Elitist / Inspired by John Lennon
  • Century
  • Deluxe
  • Del Rey
  • DeLuxe Regent
  • Dot / Dot Studio
  • DR-100 & 212
  • Dwight Trash Casino
  • Embassy Bass
  • Emperor Regent
  • Emperor Swingster / Royale / Black Royale
  • E422T Century Thinline
  • ET-270
  • ET-275 Crestwood
  • ET-276
  • ET-280 Bass
  • FT-79 Texan
  • FT-140 Japanese made 1970s dreadnought acoustic with a bolt on neck
  • Graveyard Disciple
  • Inspired by 1964 Texan
  • Masterbilt Century Series
  • Masterbilt DR-500MCE
  • Masterbilt EF-500RCCE
  • MB-100 & 200 Banjo
  • MM-20 / 30S / 50E Professional Mandolin
  • Olympic
  • PR-150
  • PR-4E
  • PR-5E
  • PR7E
  • Epiphone Riviera P-90
  • Sheraton II / 1962 50th Anniversary / Union Jack Ltd Edition (inspired by Noel Gallagher)
  • Royale
  • Sonador
  • Supernova / Manchester City Blue / Union Jack
  • SST Classic
  • Triunfadora
  • Triumph
  • Triumph Regent
  • Viola Bass
  • Wildkat / Royale
  • Zenith
  • Zephyr
  • Zephyr Deluxe
  • Zephyr Deluxe Regent
  • Wilshire PRO / 1966 Worn / Phantomatic / II / III

Amplifiers[edit]

Epiphone began producing amplifiers in 1935 with the Electar Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar Outfit. This outfit was an amplifier, case and lap steel guitar stand all rolled into one unit[8] and was supplied by a suitcase manufacturer of the time.

Gibson produced Epiphone amplifiers in the 1960s. These were basically copies or variations of Gibson and Fender amplifiers[citation needed]. They used a tube design, and some had reverb and tremolo. Gibson decided to launch a new line of Epiphone amplifiers in 2005 with many different models, including the So Cal,Blues Custom, and the Epiphone Valve Junior. The Valve Hot Rod and Valve Senior were released in 2009. The Valve Hot Rod is a 5 watt amp like the Valve Junior, but has a gain and reverb control. The Valve Senior offers 20 watts of power, with a full equalizer, gain, volume, reverb, and presence control.

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. These Amplifiers are under the Epiphone Electar moniker.[9]

Manufacturing[edit]

Epiphone Guitar Serial Number Check Free

US[edit]

Epiphone instruments made between 1957 and 1970 were made beside the Gibson factory at 224 Parsons (Gibson located at 225 Parsons) St and on Elenor St; Kalamazoo, MI 49007.Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants (both Gibson and Epiphone) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 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. Epiphone also continued its production of world class archtop guitars using the same patterns and molds from Epi's New York era. Some specific examples of Gibson-era Epiphone instruments from this period includes the Epiphone Sheraton (co-developed with the Gibson ES-335 & sharing its semi-hollow body, but with, Epiphone's pre-Gibson 'Frequensator' tailpiece and 'New York' mini-humbucker pickups, and significantly fancier inlays) and Sheraton II (replacing the Frequensator with Gibson's 'stop-bar' tailpiece), the Epiphone Casino (similar to the Gibson ES-330), the Epiphone Caballero (similar to the Gibson LG-0), the Epiphone Cortez (similar to the Gibson LG-2), the Epiphone Olympic Special (similar to the Gibson Melody Maker), the Epiphone Sorrento (similar to the Gibson ES-125TC, except for a few cosmetic changes), and the Epiphone Texan (similar to the Gibson J-45, apart from a change in scale-length). The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version.

Several Epiphone guitars have been produced in the United States after 1971. The Epiphone Spirit and Special were produced in the early 1980s in Kalamazoo.[citation needed] In 1993, three historic Epiphone acoustic guitars, the Texan, Frontier, and Excellente, were produced by Gibson Acoustic in Montana.[citation needed] The Paul McCartney Texan was produced in 2005, and in 2009, the Epiphone Historic Collection was created, beginning with the 1962 Wilshire, built by Gibson Custom. Several other models, such as the Sheraton and John Lennon Casinos, were built in Japan and assembled and finished by Gibson USA.[citation needed]

Japan[edit]

In the early 1970s, Matsumoku began to manufacture Epiphone instruments in Japan[10] with the production and distribution being managed by Aria, in cooperation with Gibson. At this time, Epiphone ceased production of all of its traditional designs and began manufacturing markedly less expensive guitars, many of which had less traditional bolt-on style necks and unspecified wood types.[11] Some of these guitars had similar body shapes to traditional Epiphone and Gibson designs but had different names while other models retained certain model designations, such as the FT (Flat Top) guitars.[12] Construction of these guitars differed greatly from past Epiphone models. For the first several years of production in Japan, Epiphone guitars were actually rebranded designs already produced by the Matsumoku Company.[13]

By 1975, the Japanese market started seeing some of the more familiar designs and names being reintroduced. 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.[14] These models were available to the Japanese market only. By 1976 new designs of higher quality were being introduced for export but did not include the current Japanese market models. Notable new designs from this era were the Monticello (Scroll Guitar), the Presentation (PR) and Nova series flat tops and the Genesis solid body guitar. By 1980, most Japanese-only designs were available for worldwide distribution. The Matsumoku-made archtops, such as the Emperor, Riviera, Sheraton and Casino, were available into the mid-1980s.

Korea[edit]

From the 1980s, Epiphones were manufactured mainly in Korea and Japan by contractors licensed by Gibson.[10][15] One of these contractors was Samick,[15] which also built instruments under license for other brands and in its own name. The brand was primarily used to issue less expensive versions of classic Gibson models.[15]

These guitars were constructed using different woods (usually Nyatoh,[citation needed] for example, instead of Mahogany), were fastened with epoxies rather than wood-glues.[citation needed] Gibson and Epiphone guitars all use Titebond resin glue, which is simple carpenters' wood glue, and were finished in hard, quick-to-apply polyester resin rather than the traditional nitro-cellulose lacquer used by Gibson[citation needed] Epiphone guitars assembled or made in the US use lacquer finishes, but those made outside of the US use a poly urethane finish because of pollution requirements. These particular budget considerations, along with others such as plastic nuts and cheaper hardware and pickups, allow for a more affordable instrument.

Samick has stopped[when?] manufacturing guitars in Korea.

China[edit]

In 2004, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China, which manufactures Epiphone guitars.[16] With few exceptions, Epiphones are now built only in the Qingdao factory.[16]

Unique Epiphone models, including the Emperor, Zephyr, Riviera and Sheraton, are built to higher quality standards than the company's 'Gibson copy' line[citation needed]. 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.[17]

Imperial Series and Elitist[edit]

During the early 1990s Epiphone released a series called the Imperial Series. These were remakes of the classic Epiphone archtops of the 1930s and '40s. Each instrument was handmade in the FujiGen factory in Japan.[citation needed] This short-lived series was discontinued in 1993, after only 42 Emperors were made.[citation needed] Several other models, including De Luxe, Broadway and Triumph models, were also produced in varying quantities.

Production was moved back to Nashville and Bozeman for a similar limited run of instruments (250 each of Sheratons, Rivieras, Frontiers, Excellentes and Texans).[18] These guitars were the 'Nashville USA Collection' (archtops) and the 'Anniversary Series' (acoustics). Contrary to popular information, this line was related to, but not part of the 1994 Gibson Centennial Series commemorating 100 years of the Gibson Guitar Corporation. The Nashville and Anniversary Collections were intended as reintroductions of original, USA built Epiphone models.

In 2002, Epiphone began producing a range of higher quality instruments under the 'Elite Series' moniker which were built by Terada and FujiGen in Japan.[citation needed] After legal action by Ovation the name was changed to Elitist in 2003. As of 2008, all of the Elitist models have been discontinued with the exception of the Elitist Casino and the Dwight Trash Casino. The Epiphone Elitist guitars included features such as higher grade woods, bone nuts, hand-rubbed finishes, 'Made in the USA' pickups and USA strings.[19]Japanese domestic market Elitists used the Gibson Dove-wing headstock as opposed to the 'tombstone' headstock used on exports.[20]

Serial numbers and factory codes[edit]

Current Epiphone serial numbers give the following information:[21]

Korea

  • I = Saein
  • U = Unsung
  • S = Samick
  • P or R = Peerless
  • K = Korea
  • F = Fine

China

  • MR = CHINA
  • DW = DaeWon
  • EA = Gibson/QingDao
  • EE = Gibson/QingDao
  • MC = Muse
  • SJ = SaeJung
  • Z = Zaozhuang Saehan
  • BW = China

Japan

  • No letter or F = FujiGen
  • J or T = Terada

Czech Republic

  • B = Bohêmia Musico-Delicia

Indonesia

  • SI = Samick Indonesia

Example: SI09034853 SI = Samick Indonesia, 09 = 2009, 03 = March, 4853 = manufacturing number.

YYMMFF12345

  • YY year
  • MM month
  • FF factory-code
  • 12345 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 that forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]
  • 11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbilt
  • 12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China—uncertainty remains as to which factory)
  • 13 = Sticker: Made in China (Unknown factory; Epiphone LP-100)
  • 15 = Qingdao (China) – electric
  • 16 = Qingdao (China) – acoustic
  • 17 = China – factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
  • 18 = China – factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
  • 20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China—uncertainty remains as to which factory)
  • 21 = Unsung, Korea
  • 22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
  • 23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)
  • I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia

Players of Epiphone[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^http://www.epiphone.com/News/Features/Features/2013/Jim-Rosenberg-The-Epiphone-Interview.aspx
  2. ^Ingram, Adrian. The Gibson L5: Its History and Its Players. Anaheim, CA: Centerstream Pub., 1997. Print.
  3. ^'Epiphone: A History – Hard Times'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  4. ^'Epiphone: A History – Epi'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  5. ^'Epiphone: A History'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  6. ^'Epiphone: A History – Epiphone and Gibson'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  7. ^'Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Review'. Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. June 30, 2004. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  8. ^'Epiphone – The Vintage Collection'. www2.epiphone.com.
  9. ^'Epiphone Introduces Three New Electric Packs!'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  10. ^ ab'Epiphone: A History – A New Beginning'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  11. ^1971 & 1974 Epiphone Catalogs
  12. ^1974 & 1976 Epiphone catalogs
  13. ^'History'. Epiphone.com. 1909-03-25. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  14. ^1977 Epiphone Japan catalog
  15. ^ abc'Epiphone: A History – Epiphone in Korea'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  16. ^ ab'A-Chat-With-Epiphone-President-Jim-Rosenberg'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  17. ^'Epiphone Masterbuilt Series'(PDF). Epiphone. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  18. ^'Epiphone: A History – Taking On The World'. Epiphone.com.
  19. ^'Epiphone Elitist'. Epiphone.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
  20. ^2002 Epiphone Japan Elite/Elitist catalog
  21. ^'Serial Number Search'. Gibson. Retrieved 2013-09-07.

External links[edit]

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New serial numbers (No more letters since 2008) [May, 2016 Edit]

New Serial Numbers, without letters

They no longer put letters on the serial number. This is how you 'read' the information of your Epiphone Serial Number.

NOTE: Please!!! READ the information carefully. You can figure it out by yourself (when and where your guitars were made). Try it, is not that hard! Anyway, I'll be glad to help those who can't 'read' their serial numbers properly, but it might take time to reply. Ok? (Cari, Epiphone Les Paul Custom Facebook Group administrator. August 10th, 2012).

Thank you!!!

YYMMFF12345

YY year

MM month

FF factory-code

12345 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. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]

11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt

12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)

15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric

16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic

17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E

18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass

20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)

21 = Unsung, Korea

22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)

23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)

I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia

July, 2012 EDIT:

ANOTHER CODES:

FYYMRRRR

F = factory code (See 'Factory number code' above)

YY = year of manufacture

M = This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...).

RRRR = production number

More Letters Information!!!

CZECH REPUBLIC:

B= Bohêmia Musico-Delicia

KOREA:

I= Saein,

U=Unsung,

S=Samick,

P or R=Peerless

Epiphone Guitar Serial Numbers Dating

CHINA:

DW=DeaWon,

EA=Gibson/QingDao (Acoustic guitar),

EE=Gibson/QingDao (Electric guitar),

MC=Muse,

SJ=SaeJung,

Z=ZaozhuangSaehan,

BW=China

UC=Unsung China

MR = Mirr factory

JAPAN:

No letter or

F=FujiGen,

J or T=Terada

INDONESIA:

SI=Samick (Bogor factory)

March, 2015 EDIT:

F-Serial used on LP Std'59/'60 models and Tribute/Plus models

This newest serial number system used by Epiphone is not yet completely deciphered.

'F' doesn't refer to 'Fine, Korea' - nor to 'Fuji-gen, Japan' - New 'F' models are made in China.

This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all.

  • Beginning with F300000 in late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models
  • Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models
  • Continued around F305000 in 2011
  • Continued around F310000 in 2012
  • Continued around F317000 in 2013
  • Continued around F324000 in 2014
  • Continued around F330000 in 2015
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1998-Current

The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.

Y = Year of manufactureMM = Month of manufacturePPP = Production number

The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are:

  • J = Terada
  • T = Terada,
  • F = Fuji-Gen
  • No Letter = Fuji-Gen

Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123

Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123

Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123

Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123

1987-1997 SEMI ACOUSTIC MODELS

For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models 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.

Y = Year of manufactureC = Model codePPP = Production number

Model Codes (C)

  • 1 = NVJ
  • 2 = EMPEROR
  • 3 = RIVIERA
  • 4 = SHERATON
  • 5 = CASINO
  • 6 = Limited Edition
  • 7 = EB-2
  • 8 = ES-930J
  • 9 = EMPEROR-J

Example: 34123 = 1993 / SHERATON / unit 123

Example: 38123 = 1993 / ES-930J / unit 123

REFURBISHED Models

MIRC Refurb Label

Serial numbers starting with '311xxxx' on a golden sticker are 'refurbished' guitars sold by MIRC (Musical Instrument Reclamation Center)

  • There is no way to tell the year or the month it was made in the MIRC serial
  • Original serial numbers are usually defaced
  • Original warranty void
  • Sometimes the word '2nd' is stamped on back of headstock
  • MIRC specs can often be different from stock specs

EDIT: MAY, 2016

Let's take a look at this...

FACTORY LETTER CODES

For Epiphone serial numbers that begin with a letter(s), this list identifies the factory & country where produced:

  • B - Bohêmia Musico-Delicia (Czech Republic)
  • BW - ____?____ (China)
  • CI - Cort (Indonesia)
  • DW - DaeWon (China)
  • EA - QingDao (China) = Epiphone Acoustic
  • ED - Dongbei (China) = Chinese Dongbei means North-east.
  • EE - QingDao (China) = Epiphone Electric
  • F - Fuji-gen (Japan) = Elite/Elitist models (See: Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers)
  • F - Qingdao (China) = Les Paul Standard '59 / '60 / Tribute Models (See: F-Serial used on LP Std'59/'60 models and Tribute/Plus models)
  • F/FN - Fine Guitars (Korea) = non-Japanese models
  • FC - ____?____ (China 2000's) Possibly 'Global Fine Supply Ltd.'
  • FC - Fuji-Gen (Japan 1990's)
  • H - _______ (China?) Found on a 1995 El Nino
  • G/GG - Identified as early modern Masterbilt acoustics (Epiphone says they have no record of G serials)
  • GR - Grand Reward (Farida, Guang Dong) China, Seen on some early Masterbilt acoustics
  • GP - ____?____ (Korea) found on a BB King Lucille from 2001 (verified by Epiphone Customer Service)
  • I - Saein (Korea)
  • J - Terada Gakki Seisakusyo (Japan)
  • J - Unknown. Possibly Jakarta, Indonesia - Found on a 1997 S-310
  • JK - ??? Korea or Indonesia - Found on a 1999 G-310 Junior
  • K - Korea Ins. (Korea)
  • L - Leader Musical Instrument Co Ltd (Korea)
  • MC - Muse (China)
  • MR - Mirr factory, China
  • N - See: FN
  • O - Choice (Korea)
  • P/R - Peerless (Korea)
  • QG - Qingdao Gibson (China) - Interim designation used prior to 'EA' & 'EE'
  • S - Samick (Korea)
  • SI - Samick (Bogor, Indonesia)
  • SJ - SaeJun (China)
  • SK - ???
  • SM - Samil (Korea)
  • SN - ____?____ (Indonesia)
  • T - Terada Gakki Seisakusyo (Japan)
  • U - Unsung (Korea)
  • UC - Unsung China (China)
  • WF - ____?____ (China) found on an Accu Bass Junior from 2001
  • X - ____ (China) - Early to mid 1990's serial number label - Verified by Epiphone Customer Service. Seen on 'Epi' brand guitars.
  • Y - Korea (seen on a PR775CE)
  • Z - Zaozhuang Saehan (China)
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