Dating epiphone guitars serial numbers
Models that are sold outside of the continental United States cannot be tracked using this serial number inquiry system.These models are shipped directly from the manufacturing plant to the distributor in your country and are not tracked here in the United States at Charvel.This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all.1998-Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.Were all gonna die then anyway so I guess it doesn't matter. I have heard that in 1999 PRS is building over 100 guitars a day. I remember when they were barely building 4 guitars a month The Classic Electric or CE model has one extra number inserted after the year designator and before the number of the guitar 3 917542 = 17,542nd guitar off the line, it would have been made in 1993.Possible exceptions Because the bolt on guitars have numbers stamped on them conceivably they could be using 1994 plates up until at least February of 1995.The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported.
The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt12 = Dea Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass20 = Dae Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)21 = Unsung, Korea22 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia 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...).
Y = Year of manufacture MM = Month of manufacture PPP = Production number The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are: Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123 1987-1997 SEMI ACOUSTIC MODELSFor Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan 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.
Opinions vary here but I feel that the Indian Rosewood they use is still OK and shouldn't be a reason not to buy a guitar made after 1991.
1991 -- PRS stopped offering real abalone shell as the inlay material on the fingerboard.
They went to a high quality, less expensive, but real mother of pearl.