Serial numbers are from Jim Fisch, L. All numbers were impressed into the wood and a six digit number assigned, though no particular order was given and some instruments had a letter prefix. They have a smaller body and less modern neck feel than later models, and are less collectable. The number on the back of the head are gold and start with the letter either I or l. If you go to the above site and post some clear photographs of the back of headstock showing the serial number clearly, front of the headstock showing all details and side of the headstock where any binding meets the first fret, also a clear shot of the guitar straight on showing clearly the control knobs, and if possible a clear shot of the control cavity showing the pots. The 5th and 6th figures represent the month. It is super heavy and plays like a dream.
Solid body guitars with flat tops and backs were made at the Elenor Street plants both Gibson and Epiphone in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The other Kalamazoo-made Epiphones had technical or cosmetic relationship with the similar Gibson version. Also changes in production methods prompted a change in inventory and the numbering scheme. From 1952-1961, the F O N scheme followed the pattern of a letter, the batch number and an instrument ranking number when the guitar was built in the run of 40. Middle: peghead style on most high-end models like the Emperior. These were only sold to employees at substantial discounts.
It is certain that the models with a 6 digit serial number starting with 0 were produced in 1967. Numbers thanks to Walter Carter. The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator. The last 4 digits form the series sequence number Example: Serial number R04E0123 is the 123st guitar of May 2004, built in the Peerless factory, Korea. Necks: After Gibson bought Epiphone in 1957, Epiphone parts were used up before Gibson parts were issued. The serial number on this Les Paul Junior indicates that it was made in 1956.
Is anyone able to date my Epiphone Sheraton? This stamp is also seen on the back of the peghead. And it wasn't a common fake with common warning signs. Later solidbody models with mini- humbucking pickups bring less money than Gibson equivalents with standard humbucking pickups. Same with pretty much every other commercial product on the face of the earth with a recognizable brand name. Five digits no space after the first digit were used from 1951 to 1956 for both acoustic and electric models.
The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made. Where to find the serial number Locate the serial number on the back of the guitar head. Meaning no serial number or even a sticker inside the body, can anyone help. High-end acoustic archtop Epiphones are constructed of high quality, solid woods. Year 1st Number ---- ---------- 1958 8 1959 9 1960 0 Gibson-made hollowbody serial number as used from 1958 to 1961. The orange labels inside hollow bodied instruments was discontinued in 1970 and were replaced by white and orange rectangle labels on the acoustics, and small black, purple and white rectangle labels were placed on electric models.
Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers. Some Epiphone models over the year have had the Gibson truss rod covers. The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made. In the earlier years at Gibson, guitars were normally built in batches of 40 instruments. Epiphone is one of the widely known guitar manufacturers.
The 'plus' is that gorgeous flame maple top. The numbers were used between the years 1961-1969. Epiphone is owned by the Gibson corporation. 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. Example: S07C00122 is the 122th guitar of May 2004, built at the Samick factory in Korea. Ask for pictures under pickups and back of pickups for the 50sr 60st.
Example: Serial number Z051234 is the 1234th guitar built in 2005 at the Zaozhuang Saehan factory in China. On their low-end guitars, they used an assortment of different tuners. A Japanese-made Epiphone can also have no letter, in which case the serial number would just start with numbers. After Epi died in 1943, control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo. These were remakes of the classic Epiphone archtops of the 1930s and '40s. Determining exactly when your Gibson specimen was made can have high stakes attached to it. Six digit serial numbers From 1961 to early 1970, Epiphone used 6-digit serial numbers in the Gibson serial number line.