For 1932 and 1933, the serial number is die-stamped on the interior side of an instrument's back. There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. However, these import instruments have model numbers that do not correspond with Kalamazoo made Epiphone model numbers listed below. The ending 3 digits indicated the actual production number. This system is useful in helping to date and authenticate instruments.
The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made. There is no serial number on the headstock and nowhere on the guitar or the label does it say where it was made. Please contact us at service gibson. Number is ink stamped on the back of the peghead. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989. Sheratons with New York pickups are worth the most, but not for sound.
The last 4 digits form the series sequence number. These labels in the bottom right corner say, 'Made in Taiwan'. Left: peghead style on most Deluxe models. The first serialization started in 1902 and ran until 1947. Please note that most of this information relates to serial numbers used from 1975 to present.
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. It follows that potential scammers can use this knowledge to try to trick unsuspecting buyers. When the Nashville Gibson plant was opened in 1974, it was decided that the bulk of the production of products would be run in the South; the Kalamazoo plant would produce the higher end fancier models in the North. I want to sell it but don't want to mis-represent it when I advertise it. Mid-range and low-end models are generally regarded as student model instruments.
They have a smaller body and less modern neck feel than later models, and are less collectable. Five digits with a space after the first digit and custom shop on the back of the headstock, applied from 1990 to 1999. Someone will give you a more accurate assessment. Serial Numbers, 1951 to 1956, acoustic and electric guitars. These varied considerably from guitar to guitar, year to year. Gibson-made Serial Number, 1958-1960, solidbody guitars. One letter seven digits The letter indicates the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year.
Because of this, electric archtop Epiphones are much less desirable, and are worth considerably less than fully acoustic archtop models. This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all. Later, productions was moved to Korea. Year Number Range ---- ------------ 1935 001 to 249 1936 250 to 749 1937 750 to 1499 1938 1500 to 2499 1939 2500 to 3499 1940 3500 to 4999 1941 5000 to 6499 1942 6500 to 7499 1943 7500 to 8299 1944 8300 to 9999 Serial Numbers, 1944 to 1950, acoustic guitars only. In 1977, Gibson first introduced the serialization method that is in practice today.
For the most part serial numbers after 1932 are consecutive, and hence provide production numbers indicating the number of instruments produced. I'm sorry I can't offer any more suggestions. These two numbers represent the year the guitar was made. Your guitar was made at the Bohemia Musico-Delica Plant, Czech Republic on June, 2005 Production Number: B is factory. Because the year is only represented by 1 digit, guitars with this coding from the 80s, 90s or a decade of 2000. China In 2004 Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China, which produces Epiphone guitars.
Most hollowbody Epiphone electrics bring less than the equivalent Gibson models. The Epiphone number series is different than the A-series used on Gibson brand instruments of the same period. A Japanese-made Epiphone can also have no letter, in which case the serial number would just start with numbers. Who knows why it may have been refin'd. Analyze the first two numbers in the serial. By 1961 Gibson has used up all the original New York-made Epiphone parts, and then used Gibson parts made in Kalamazoo. Most likely routered for full sized humbuckerers and refinished, and yes, 75, 76, and 77? Vintage Guitars Info - Epiphone vintage guitar collecting general info Vintage Guitars Info's Vintage Epiphone Guitars.
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999 show Nashville production. Epiphone was an independent brand from 1924 to 1957. Also changes in production methods prompted a change in inventory and the numbering scheme. This impressed serial number may be found on the back top of the peghead. I thought The I on my serial number was a 1.
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1. However, many serial numbers were duplicated during this period, making the exact production year difficult to trace. It is certain that the models with a 6 digit serial number starting with 0 were produced in 1967. Until supplies ran out, they were used from 1970 until the beginning of 1971. Also the serial number is usually 7 digits or longer unlike U. It has a Gibson truss rod cover and snowflake fret inlay's and a tortoise shell pick guard.