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. It is dark maple sunburst, gold plated hardware, and serial # is S7019737. Seems that Epiphone started the numbering over again , I called Epiphone Factory rep's and was told S7019737 was made in 2000's.
Guitardater doesn't recognize the serial# system Epiphone is using since mid 2008 ! Chinese made guitars with F 31xxxx like the "1959" model or the 1960/2010 tribute models don't work either, or are falsely rated as Fuji Gen, Japan made instuments. of your 1993 or most later models Epiphone either: 1.
My guitar is a beautiful natural maple front and sides with a big lump of pinkish wood inside and sounds absolutely great. Thanks to all who responded and I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. For those who want to date their guitars, check this site out: 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. Not only do they produce guitars for several well known brands by OEM but also have their own line 'Silver Star'. Website - 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.
In 1957 Epiphone, Inc., of New York City was purchased by CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument Co.; this is the same company that bought Gibson in 1944) and given the name Epiphone, Inc. CMI took great measures to keep Gibson and Epiphone separate in different buildings each with its own management team.
Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to its acquisition in 1957.
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.
____ (China) DW Dae Won (China) EA Qing Dao (China) = Epiphone Acoustic ED is from their Epiphone Dongbei factory. EE Qing Dao (China) = Epiphone Electric F Fujigen (Japan) = Elite/Elitist models F/FN Fine Guitars (Korea) = non-Elite/Elitist models GG (two identified -- Epiphone says it has no record of using GG -- may have slipped through system or are 3rds) I Saein (Korea) J Indonesia (Jakarta ?
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...).
You can figure it out by yourself (when and where your guitars were made). Anyway, I'll be glad to help those who can't "read" their serial numbers properly, but it might take time to reply. (Cari, Epiphone Les Paul Custom Facebook Group administrator. YYMMFF12345 YY year MM month FF factory-code12345 production# FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers[NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed.
RRRR = ranking number Example - R03D0263 was made in April 2003 at the Peerless Korea factory, unit 0263.
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 ranking number Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model made at the Terada factory, production rank 1234th unit.