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    harks
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    Is anyone able to date my Epiphone Sheraton? The serial number is 880509595 and it’s located on a stick-on strip on the back of the headstock.

    The front of the headstock has “Epiphone by Gibson” at the top and the Epiphone logo at the bottom. Cheers.

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    • #79993
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I’ve an Epiphone lp I’d like to find out more then the date.
      EE06090987

    • #79435
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi All,
      I have a Sheraton with Epiphone by Gibson on the headstock. It is a lovely Blonde natural Maple serial number is 70708039 which is only an 8 digit number. The dating site doesn’t recognise the serial number as it stated that they only recognised 12 digit numbers.

      I was told when I bought the guitar that it was a ’78 but have recently seen that the logo “Epiphone by Gibson” was only made between ’86 and ’88.

      I have been on this website – https://vintageguitarmasters.com/epiphone-serial-numbers/

      The state –
      The first and fifth number signifies the year it was built, and the second, third, and fourth are the day of the year.
      For example, if the first five digits of your eight-digit serial number are 01545, then you know that the guitar was made on the 154th day of the year in 2005.
      The sixth number in the modern sequence will tell you the batch, and the last three indicate the rolling production number.

      Going on the above mine is a ’78 made on the 70th day of the year and is number 39. Does this make it a Japanese made model?

      Any further info would be helpful. It has Gold hardware and full sized Humbucker pickups.

      Kind regards,

      Kieron

      Unfortunately, prior to the system instituted in 1977, the process is anything but simple to decipher.

    • #127731
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi Guys, I am knew to this forum so I hope its okay, I thought this would be a good place to post my question. I just bought this epiphone acoustic/electric guitar, ej-200sce/vs, real nice guitar. My question is just a curious one, Usually they would have a letter code in-front of the serial number to denote its origin. But there is no code in front of the serial number, just the serial number. Is there a reason for this, just curious that’s all. Thanks for the feedback in advanced.

    • #127724
      Anonymous
      Guest

      hi , I am trying to figure out where and when my Epiphone was made. the serial number is UC07070758. would appreciated any info.. thank you

    • #127719
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Just got an older Epiphone Genesis – serial number is SIX digits – starting with 006xxx located on the fretboard near the pickup.

      Can’t seem to locate any information about a serial number in this location.

      Would like to know date and location of manufacture…

      Any help appreciated!

      Jeff

    • #78591
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I was given a beautiful Epiphone Les Paul for Christmas last year. Beatiful blue across the back and sides with aPurp!e burst in front…….serial is on sticker on headstock…….311488072…..any help?

    • #78527
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi – I am trying to trace the origins and value of an old Epiphone guitar. It’s an Epiphone Olympic arch top acoustic serial number 14459. Can you help please?

    • #78396
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Looking for someone to tell me what exact model SG i have serial number 10510688. Was bought in the early 2000s i believe. Thanks

    • #78205
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have an Epiphone PR 350S that was given to me. I was told it was rare and the guitar has some local provenance. I’ve looked online and I can’t find ANY information when I punch in the serial number. I would like to sell it, and I’m wondering how much I should ask. Can any of you help me with this?

    • #77810
      Anonymous
      Guest

      My Epiphone SG Pro series is 12081609586 fake or origine. Tks

    • #127685
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I HAVE A EPIPHONE CASINO ON THE HEADSTOCK NUMBER559900 WHERE AN WHEN WAS THIS GUITAR MADE ?

    • #77717
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have Epiphone Les Paul with a serial number S61063679, I can’t figure what year it was made. Any help is appreciated.

    • #127676
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I am looking at a guitar in a pawn shop priced $599.95.
      found out it was;
      Your guitar was made at the
      Saein Plant, Korea,
      on October, 2001
      Production Number: 782

      what was the original price and what makes this a 600 dollar guitar?

    • #127671
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I would like to know what EB1211210804 means , the guitar is an Epiphone Sheraton II , thanks for the help….

    • #77537
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I would like epiphone serial C5022420 , is made in Japan ?

    • #127660
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Thank for your help I have a epiphone firebird
      And trying to gain info when and where it was made
      The number is 0907211193 and on the back of the head
      Stock says epiphone custom shop

    • #77312
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have a epiphone guitar Serial no.09011500807. Taken from a label inside the body. can anyone tell me a date it was made and also where it was made.

      • #113723
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Is your guitar electric? Serial no. 09011500807 if so, 09- year 2019, 01-month, 15-Qingdao (China) electric, 00807 th production of your guitar. Hope this helps.

        Donald

    • #77406
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I am buying an Epiphone that seems to be a Studio. I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the code on the metal plate. Can anyone help me? It says it was made in Nashville, TN and the code on plate says: C4090845.

    • #77318
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I inherited an Epiphone electric bass guitar when my father passed away. I think it is a Newport model. It has a cherry finish, single pickup, white pick guard, 4 on a side tuners. The serial numbers Maher is stamped with n the headstock and almost unreadable because it is now t very deep. Looks lovely me 330478. The information I follow nd online and in Boston oks tells Mechatronics t can’t update be a ‘65, ‘67, or ‘68. Can anyone shed a little type more re last gut?

      Thanks….

    • #77248
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Tengo una epiphone stratocaster SSH con floyd rose. Su serial es FAT-F210/SS DÓNDE FUE FABRICADA?

    • #77188
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Any ideas where my Epiphone LP is made? I know Korea but which factory? Serial # L97110479. Any info please!

    • #77185
      Anonymous
      Guest

      would like to know the yer of this guitar………
      #EE05098000

      Thanks to everybody and anybody who can help me out
      on this

    • #77230
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi, have epiphone les psul gold top with serial FC5030506, can You please tell me where it was made, thanks in advance

    • #77247
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi guys, trying to identify a epiphone LP special with slightly odd serial number. Any help gratefully received!

      MC 22050565

      The 22 for year is confusing me.

      Thanks Carl

    • #76981
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Can anybody help date my Epiphone model 5012TE serial number 04234? nothing stamped or pained on headstock.

    • #76989
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Have an Epiphone model sq 180 with a serial number 8812000034. any information about this would be helpful.

    • #76820
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Epi. LP Standard , 08121518851

    • #76791
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi

      I got a guitar Epiphone B.B. King Lucille with serail number in the back of the headstock R988003 and feeling frustrated because in all the information can get this code with a letter and 6 digits…Just I saw starting with R could be Peerless factory but shoud be 7 digits…Could be so great if someone knows about.Thanks!!
      Gustavo

    • #76560
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I would like to find where it came from originally & when it was made.

      Number on top back of headstock U03091603.

      Thank you.

    • #76578
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have a 9 number serial number on my Epiphone Explorer. I cannot get a valid date. What gives?

      Thanks in advance

    • #76616
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have an Epiphone/Gibson 335 dot cherry red guitar with the serial number 103072135 and can not for the life of me figure out what year and where it was made using the codes I find on the internet. Can anyone help me? Someone said it was made in Japan before they were made in Korea and later China.. I have no earthly idea and am obviously not savy enough figure it out from any of the information that I’ve been able to find on the internet.. Any help will be appreciated.. Thanks, Howard

    • #76518
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hello people that know,
      I fear for the authenticity/ origin of my epiphone
      LP special 2 (vin.sunburst) purchased only a year ago
      (from a river specialist in south America!)there’s only
      11 numbers, no prefix,& factory origin that doesn’t
      list anywhere: 14101312605, this will determine whether I keep it or throw it in the swamp.
      Thank you. Roman. (UK)

    • #76590
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have a Epiphone Guitar with this number 199618 on the back of the neck . it has the name epiphone on the front of the head stock

    • #76370
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Wish I could post a pic.. but the guitar is the black beauty style… Says Epiphone at the top and has a Gibson plate below the diamond shaped pearl colored inlay. I called Epiphone and they said either it was made in Korea in 1976 or it could have been made in either 1980, 1990, or 2000…. LMAO. So this guy was of absolutely no help.

      There is not a made in tag on the back like many others I have seen. The number on the back of the head are gold and start with the letter either I or l. Will depend on how they used the letter, I am gonna say with a capital I. SO here is the number… I (SPACE) 00110024.

      It is super heavy and plays like a dream. Bought it for husband in 2008 when we got engaged and was just wondering what the real history on his beauty is. I paid almost 1,500 for it in 08. The owner of the music story said it was a 60’s/70’s model. Thanks for the help guys.

      Jess

    • #76233
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hello
      I have a epiphone lp standard mg serial # F5030643 Was wondering if made in Korea or Japan. Can anyone help me please

    • #76255
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Trying to track down where made and what year, I bought it used in 2000. # S6123018 Thank you for any help!!!

    • #127618
      Anonymous
      Guest

      O 00060194 Epiphone hand crafted in Korea what’s value please? 7.8 out of 10 condition
      Please email mail me stevieadams1974.sa @gmail.com

    • #127617
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Gibson Epiphone Les Paul and 00060194 made in Tennessee can u tell me value near mint!? Made in O

    • #127596
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I bought this used but can’t seem to find any info on it. Serial# 1107133432. On back of headstock it says: Limited edition, custom shop. There is no pick gaurd, two control knobs and a toggle switch betwen those. It is flat black in color.

      Can anyone elp with information for it? I tried guitardater but it doesn’t support the 10 digit serial numbers. It comes back as unrecognized.

    • #127582
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have a natural coloured Sheraton with a bit of a mystery attached.
      Apart from being the best guitar i have ever played the mystery is that
      there is not a single mark on it to identify its origin or manufacture.
      Meaning no serial number or even a sticker inside the body, can
      anyone help.
      Derek Ferrie.6

    • #75882
      Anonymous
      Guest

      I have a Korean made epiphone les paul which I think was built in the early 90s. Would anyone know how to date it, the serial number is 17030029
      Thanks
      Kev

    • #75827
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi,
      I have an Epiphone Riviera in wine red that I bought a few years ago. The guy who sold it to me said it was made in Japan in the very early 1970s, most likely 1971. I want to sell it but don’t want to mis-represent it when I advertise it.
      It has a set neck, full size humbuckers and a frequensator tailpiece. It has an orange label inside the F-hole with the serial number 93166 on it. There is no serial number on the headstock and nowhere on the guitar or the label does it say where it was made. It has the three screws securing the truss-rod cover so probably Asian manufacture. The guitar has the thinnest neck, front to back, that I’ve ever seen on a guitar, thinner than the 1960s Gibson ES-335s. That’s why I’m selling it. I have big hands and it’s just not enough of a handful for me.
      Any help in dating this guitar would be most gratefully received.
      Cheers,
      Arthur

    • #127573
      Anonymous
      Guest

      F335710

    • #75721
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Could you give me details off this Guitar,Serial No S94030298.I’m just curios as I have just bought it.I also have just bought an Acoustic/electric PR-350 CE/VS,serial No
      S 95100003.

      Thank you.
      BHM

    • #75726
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Hi there
      I am trying to date my PR 350e and find out country of manufacture. It has a square label with a thick black internal border and a thin border inside that with just epiphone , model number and serial no. 9091015 . It has a Gibson truss rod cover and snowflake fret inlay’s and a tortoise shell pick guard. I have a number of epi’s but I have not seen this type of label before. Any help would be much appreciated.

      • #101995
        Anonymous
        Guest

        It’s Korean nice guitar

    • #75700
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Serial# S93080247….Don’t know if this is a S-300 or a S-319?…..And what is the difference between the two?…
      Can you help me? Thanks

    • #79881
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Greetings, I am trying to confirm the year this guitar was made. The serial number is 102081724. I was told is was made in 2003 as a “Les Paul Pro Top”. Thank you for your time and look forward to your reply.

    • #79861
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Have a Epiphone Les Paul Custom. Like to know what year it was made . Serial # 805060988. Thank you .

      • #101738
        Anonymous
        Guest

        My Les Paul standard Ebony also has similar serial # 103031374 and can’t decode it. according to my paperwork it’s a 2003 model. also had this info. ENS EBCH1 LP Standard Ebony CH Hdwe Dated 05/29/2003.

    • #79863
      Anonymous
      Guest

      Serial # 805060988 like to know when it was made . Made by Epiphone Les Paul Custom .

      • #101726
        Anonymous
        Guest

        look at the first number. Is it possible that the 8 is in fact a B if so, it was a model sold only for Europe. Your guitar was made at the
        Bohemia Musico-Delica Plant, Czech Republic
        on June, 2005
        Production Number: B is factory.- 05 is the year. 06 is the month. 0988 is the production number. I thought The I on my serial number was a 1. Then when I looked closer I seen it was an I.

         

      • #101727
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Is it possible that your first number (8) isn’t a B

    • #79860
      Anonymous
      Guest

      The guitar I believe to be made in the 70’s but? It is dark maple sunburst, gold plated hardware, and serial # is S7019737.The number is on the back of tuning head. Seems that Epiphone started the numbering over again , I called Epiphone Factory rep’s and was told S7019737 was made in 2000’s. Can anyone help thanks

    • #67988
      Tim
      Participant

      Strange, the Guitar Dater Project doesn’t recognise it either: http://www.guitardaterproject.org/epiphone.aspx Any chance of photos (inc. the sticker)?

    • #68006
      fredje93
      Member

      yes, that’s the number on the sticker inside the body, but there’s no number on the back of the headstock

    • #67984
      Jason
      Participant

      Are you sure that’s the exact serial number?

      Here’s a guide to Epiphone serial numbers taken from Gibson’s website:

      Most regular production models since ca. 1993. Many ’80s and early ’90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.
      FYYMMRRRR
      F= Factory code (this can be 2 letters as well)
      YY= year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for ’90s models)
      MM= month of manufacture
      R= ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced)
      Example – S02021234 was issued in Feb. 2002.

      Another code used on some current Epiphone models
      FYYMRRRR
      F= Factory code
      YY=Year of manufacture
      M= This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc…)
      RRRR= ranking number
      Example – R03D0263 was issued in April 2003.

      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.

    • #67990
      fredje93
      Member

      Hi guys, I am new to this forum

      I bought an Epiphone Dot today, it’s really pretty and plays wonderful.
      This is my first electric guitar, saved up for it for a long time.
      I wondered if you could tell me where or when it was made,

      Serial number is: 10071501353

      Thanks guys.

    • #68025
      harks
      Participant

      It’s been almost 3 years since my original post and I’d forgotten all about this! Thanks to all who responded and I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner. My Sheraton was indeed made in Korea in May 1988. For those who want to date their guitars, check this site out:

      http://www.guitardaterproject.org

      To carl_ejay – This is the info from the site regarding the serial number you quoted:

      Guitar Info
      Your guitar was made at the
      Unsung Plant, Korea
      May 1996
      Production Number: 1385

      Un Sung Musical Instrument Co.
      Un Sung Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. was established in 1987, Inchon, Korea. They have productive capability 50,000 of Electric Guitars and basses a year. Not only do they produce guitars for several well known brands by OEM but also have their own line ‘Silver Star’.

      Related Links

      Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. Website – http://www.unsung.co.kr/

    • #67986
      carl_ejay
      Participant

      I bout an guitar (Epiphone) on auktion and I just wonder when and where its made, the number is U6051385. Thanks!

    • #75872
      Bluenose
      Participant

      Hi, I have such an Epiphone, serial number begining with 88 and I cannot find when it was made either! I would guess the guitar is either a copy or eipiphone had samples made by prospective suppliers in the late eighties. 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. There is one extra digit to many to show it as being in the Gibson series. Except the extra digit is a zero behind the 88. Do the numbers 88 and the last number 5 on your guitar label have a bolder appearance? My guitar is a beautiful natural maple front and sides with a big lump of pinkish wood inside and sounds absolutely great. Hope you can find out more about these guitars. Good luck.

    • #67953
      lee_UK
      Participant

      looking at the epiphone forum the serial numbers seem to run similar to gibsons, if they begin with a letter then this denotes the factory/country of origin, yours has no letter so yours according to Epi forum was made in
      88(1988) 05(may 5th month) 09595(9,595th guitar made). Dont know a lot about these numbers so take that with a pinch of salt, you could try posting your question here:
      http://www.epiphone.com/ and goto the forum link.
      i think mid-late 80’s models were made in Korea?
      Anyone else want to chip in?

      • #101996
        Anonymous
        Guest

        From what I have learned, the Samick factory in Korea took over manufacturing of the Epiphone by Gibson beginning 1986 thru 1988. Specifically, they manufactured the Sheraton with the head stock with the inlayed pearl that reads “Epiphone by Gibson,” along with the pearl leafy branch down the headstock. The guitar came in two finishes: blond and tobacco (both maple). I have a 1987 tobacco finish purchased in February 2018 off eBay. The guitars are priced in the range of $575 to $1,000+ and going up based on condition. They don’t come up often. I have seen added shipping costs of $65 to $130. The 1986 (I have not seen one yet) is really rare – if in fact they were actually made then. I have read that they (Samick), did not do a good job of controlling serial numbers. So, there is no concrete way of knowing exactly what you have, other than a sticker with a serial number on the back of the head stock and that fact that the headstock has “Epiphone by Gibson” on it. That serial number may not be accurate. I have seen this type of 1989 Sheraton and I understand that some were released as late as 1970? Evidently, there was a run over from 1988 production that took a couple years to use up. These guitars are well made and sound great. However, I also learned that some of them may be Gibson 2nds. Meaning that they were manufactured as ES-355s, but became Epiphones due to some flaws. Who knows? Some have 3 characters stamped into the back of the headstock. No one seems to know what those characters mean. Maybe it says “SEC” standing for a second. Your guess is as good as mine. If you look at different pictures of these guitars, you will notice that there are variations of where the control knobs and pickup switch are located. You can see the difference when looking at the switch and placement of the controls in relation to the lower “F” hole Yep, some switches almost touch the pick guard and others are as much as an inch away. Also, there can be a variation in the positioning of the control knobs in relation to the bottom of hole of the “F hole. The pick guard seems to be accurate on all of these models. Otherwise, for a 30+ year old guitar, the binding on my axe is solid, nicely aged and mostly unmarked. I don’t think you can go wrong on a purchase of one of these guitars. I use 10’s on mine for blues and jazz. I use a Boss Katana 50. I have all the guitar knobs set to 10 on the guitar, and make all my adjustments on the amp. I have the amp volume set to 10 and use the master volume as the volume control. I think its the best deal on the market for a small amp in terms of price/performance. I mention this because the Boss has a mellow tone that seems to work well with this guitar and for a “practice amp” it has treble, middle and bass controls. If you are in a band, go with the 100. I hope this helps.

      • #101860
        Anonymous
        Guest

        Trying to figure out the details of this guitar… what the serial number means..number is F303000
        also above it is stamped 2nd

        • #102139
          Anonymous
          Guest

          I have an Epiphone Tribute also and the serial # is F320234 as I looked it up I found it to be made in ….
          F = Fuji-Ten Japan
          3 = 2003
          production # 20234
          So because it’s an 1960 tribute the serial # is 2003 I guess cause I bought it in 2017 or 18
          I was thinking it was made in China but I guess not.

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