Six digit serial numbers From 1961 to early 1970, Epiphone used 6-digit serial numbers in the Gibson serial number line. To figure out which is the exact year for a guitar, see the for details. A-1 Similar to A, but with double purfling on the soundhole. On some Deluxe model, Epiphone used Emperior style fingerboard inlays instead. The first letter is an internal code. However, many serial numbers were duplicated during this period, making the exact production year difficult to trace. General Information During the period of 1909 through 1920 Gibson produced large numbers of mandolins.
According to the Gibson catalog, natural finish was the only option in 1939 but we are told that at least 2 examples exist of a cherry sunburst from the same period. In all cases the first two digits I have found are 01 through 12 the month and the next digit is either 9, 0, or 1 1979, 1980, or 1981. Body Designations: Martin Flat Top Guitar Body Sizes and Designations: The body size designation is stamped on the neck block starting in October 1930. These were only sold to employees at substantial discounts. The next digit is the month 1-12.
Washburn Washburn has used many serial number formats over the years, ranging from 4-12 characters long. The four numbers are the unit number; 31. Original Epiphones had a number of different serial numbering schemes, depending on the year. So you need to have some idea of your guitar's era for it to help much. The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period. Seven digit serial numbers do not have a factory code, here is the first digit the last year of the decade. Blue label 1970-1975 The first blue labels that were used were leftover labels from the Kalamazoo factory.
Since May 10, 1957, Epiphone is part of Gibson and is going to make more and more Gibson models. Most of these will be 4 digit 's. The serial on these guitars can't be used directly to find the year. The Emperor single cutaway is the rarest of the thinlines 66 made. Notes on early era: 1939 - 1945 serials will be written in pencil inside guitar body.
The 2nd and 3rd numbers represent the month. Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. Year Number Range ---- ------------ 1932 5000 to 5999 1933 6000 to 7199 1934 7200 to 7999 1935 8000 to 9999 1936 10000 to 10999 1937 11000 to 11999 1938 12000 to 12999 1939 13000 to 14499 1940 14500 to 15999 1941 16000 to 17499 1942 17500 to 18199 1943 18200 to 18999 1944 19000 to 20999 Serial Numbers, 1935 to 1944, electric instruments only. Some believe that the first digit may denote the year, but this pertains only to pre-Fender Korean-made guitars. Each model of the Mark Series was available in natural or sunburst finish.
Having played all three of the guitars, my 91 sure sounds like solid tone woods, and the 94, though it is nicely made, does not have the sparkle, bass or sustain of the 91. The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter. The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same. The L-series is very difficult to properly identify and date as they were inconsistent in their appointments and the catalog descriptions do not always agree with the actual instruments produced. Made in Japan, 1986-1989: -letter-. These models, along with Gibsons, are considered by most to be the best vintage factory-made archtop guitars produced. The Jumbo 55 J-55 was introduce in late 1939 and discontinued in 1942.
In 1941 the fretboard became Brazilian rosewood. Could be so great if someone knows about. The following numbers are the earliest known serial number for the year listed. Gibson President Ted McCarty who recently passed away; R. These were used respectively from 1990 and 1988 and also manufactured by Samick in Korea. The 4-digit numbers ran from 0000 to the early 0700s and were reserved for early Standard models, basses and other custom instruments. They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label.
This is how you 'read' the information of your Epiphone Serial Number. Made in Japan, 1984-1986: Letter-letter-letter-letter-. Most sources, including Yamaha, say there are other serials not covered here and some Yamahas that follow no system. All serials used numbers, except for Johnny Ramone's white Sunburst, which had characters in place of numbers. The final numbers are the sequential order of the model made during the lifespan of the model not that year.
This tailpiece has a nasty habit of cracking at the right angle bend of the anchor. I don't even recall what kinds of tone caps are in this guitar. The peghead shape and logo changed in 1989 and again in 2002 and by 2006 there was a Don Everly signature on the peghead. This amp was made in the second quarter of 1999. Lower numbers indicate earlier years. Usually they are located on the top rear of the peghead. Gibson hoped to score the same type of success that had occurred with Lloyd Loar in the 1920s: redefining the acoustic guitar for generations to come.