Epiphone serial-number-information

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  1. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    YYMMFFRRRRR
    In 2008 models begin to appear without a factory i.d. letter prefix.
    • YY = Year of manufacture
    • MM = Month of manufature
    • FF = Factory I.D.
    • RRRRR = Ranking number
    Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333

    NOTE: Pre 1994 productions also frequently omitted factory letter codes and appeared as all numbers. e.g. 3042779
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    FYYMMRRRR


      • F/FF = Factory code (No factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models)
      • Y/YY = Year of manufacture (Single digit for some 1997 and earlier models)
      • MM = Month of manufacture
      • RRRR = Ranking number (may be more or less digits)
    Example: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234
    Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234
    Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234
    Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234
    Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345
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    FYYMRRRR



      • F = Factory code
      • YY = Year of manufacture
      • M = Letter code to corresponding month (A = January, B = February, etc.)
      • RRRR = Ranking number
    Example: R01B0123 = Peerless Korea / 2001 / February / unit 0123.
    mostly used on Peerless made Epiphones
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    FYYSSSS
    Epiphone Elite/Elitist models



      • F = Factory code (F = Fuji-gen, T = Terada)
      • Y = Single digit year of manufacture (2002-2009)
      • YY = Double digit year of manufacture (2010-Current)
      • SSSS = Sequential ranking number
    Example: F21234 = Fuji-gen Japan / 2002 / unit 1234
    Example: T101234 = Terada Japan / 2010 / unit 1234
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    FACTORY LETTER CODES
    For Epiphone serial numbers that begin with a letter(s), this list identifies the factory & country where produced:



      • B - Bohêmia Musico-Delicia (Czech Republic)
      • BW - ____?____ (China)
      • CI - Cort (Indonesia)
      • DW - DaeWon (China)
      • EA - QingDao (China) = Epiphone Acoustic
      • ED - Dongbei (China) = Chinese Dongbei means North-east.
      • EE - QingDao (China) = Epiphone Electric
      • F/FN - Fine Guitars (Korea) = non-Japanese models
      • FC - ____?____ (China 2000's) Possibly "Global Fine Supply Ltd."
      • FC - Fuji-Gen (Japan 1990's)
      • H - _______ (China?) Found on a 1995 El Nino
      • G/GG - Identified as early modern Masterbilt acoustics (Epiphone says they have no record of G serials)
      • GR - Grand Reward (Farida, Guang Dong) China, Seen on some early Masterbilt acoustics
      • GP - ____?____ (Korea) found on a BB King Lucille from 2001 (verified by Epiphone Customer Service)
      • I - Saein (Korea)
      • J - Terada Gakki Seisakusyo (Japan)
      • J - Unknown. Possibly Jakarta, Indonesia - Found on a 1997 S-310
      • JK - ??? Korea or Indonesia - Found on a 1999 G-310 Junior
      • K - Korea Ins. (Korea)
      • L - Leader Musical Instrument Co Ltd (Korea)
      • MC - Muse (China)
      • MR - Mirr factory, China
      • N - See: FN
      • O - Choice (Korea)
      • P/R - Peerless (Korea)
      • QG - Qingdao Gibson (China) - Interim designation used prior to "EA" & "EE"
      • S - Samick (Korea)
      • SI - Samick (Bogor, Indonesia)
      • SJ - SaeJun (China)
      • SK - ???
      • SM - Samil (Korea)
      • SN - ____?____ (Indonesia)
      • T - Terada Gakki Seisakusyo (Japan)
      • U - Unsung (Korea)
      • UC - Unsung China (China)
      • X - ____ (China) - Early to mid 1990's serial number label - Verified by Epiphone Customer Service. Seen on "Epi" brand guitars.
      • Y - Korea (seen on a PR775CE)
      • Z - Zaozhuang Saehan (China)
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    FACTORY NUMBER CODES
    For some models starting in 2008, if serial begins with numbers.

    NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.



      • 11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt 500
      • 12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
      • 13 = China - factory unknown
      • 15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
      • 16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
      • 17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
      • 18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
      • 20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
      • 21 = Unsung, Korea
      • 22 = Korea (factory still unknown)
      • 23 = Samick factory Indonesia
      • I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia)

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  2. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    part II

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    F-Serial used on LP Std'59/'60 models and Tribute/Plus models
    This newest serial number system used by Epiphone is not yet completely deciphered.

    'F' doesn't refer to 'Fine, Korea' - nor to 'Fuji-gen, Japan' - New "F" models are made in China.

    This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all.
    • Beginning with F300000 in late 2009 used on LP Std'59/Std'60/Tribute models
    • Continued around F310650~F311050 in spring 2012 on Tribute-Plus models
    • Continued around F305000 in 2011
    • Continued around F310000 in 2012
    • Continued around F317000 in 2013
    • Continued around F324000 in 2014
    • Continued around F330000 in 2015
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    Epiphone Japan Serial Numbers

    1998-Current
    The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.

    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:
    • J = Terada
    • T = Terada,
    • F = Fuji-Gen
    • No Letter = Fuji-Gen
    Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123
    Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123
    Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123
    Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123


    1987-1997
    For Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan semi acoustic models 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.

    Y = Year of manufacture
    C = Model code
    PPP = Production number


    Model Codes (C)
    • 1 = NVJ
    • 2 = EMPEROR
    • 3 = RIVIERA
    • 4 = SHERATON
    • 5 = CASINO
    • 6 = Limited Edition
    • 7 = EB-2
    • 8 = ES-930J
    • 9 = EMPEROR-J
    Example: 34123 = 1993 / SHERATON / unit 123
    Example: 38123 = 1993 / ES-930J / unit 123

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    1971-1987


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    Blue Label

    Blue Label "Union Made"
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    Lincolnwood Label

    Brown Label

    The Aria Epiphone Japan models that were made by Matsumoku from the early 1970s and ending before 1987 do not have a reliable serial numbering system but can be approximately dated using their Epiphone label colours.

    • 1971-1975 - Blue label - Early models say "Union Made"
    • 1976-1979 - Tan or white "Lincolnwood" label with Norlin logo
    • 1980-1987 - Brown Label with splotched pattern

    Blue Labels:

    The early Japanese blue labels were left over from production at the Kalamazoo factory and were used on Japanese-made instruments until supplies ran out (approximately 1970-1971). These labels say "Union Made" in the lower left corner and are sometimes hand-stamped with "Made in Japan" at the bottom. Some of the interim blue lables had neither the "Union Made" nor "Made in Japan" markings on them. When supplies ran out, these labels were replaced with a new batch that were printed "Made in Japan" in the lower right corner. Pre-1970 "Union Made" labels are distinguishable from labels used on Japanese intruments by the printed model name of the intrument only.


    Lincolnwood Labels:

    The Lincolnwood label was also used for the Tawainese "Epi" series acoustic guitars from 1979-1980. These labels say "Made in Tawain" in the bottom right corner.

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    Refurbished Models
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    MIRC Refurb Label
    Serial numbers starting with '311xxxx' on a golden sticker are 'refurbished' guitars sold by MIRC (Musical Instrument Reclamation Center)
    • There is no way to tell the year or the month it was made in the MIRC serial
    • Original serial numbers are usually defaced
    • Original warranty void
    • Sometimes the word "2nd" is stamped on back of headstock
    • MIRC specs can often be different from stock specs
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    thatF-INGflyingVguy Senior Member

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    thank you!!!
     
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    So "S9319050" would be a 93' Samick, but of which month? I would have expected it to be 01 if it was January.
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    There was a short time where no month could be read out of the serial#
     
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    Hi,
    Looking at a low price epiphone les paul special II on ebay. the people are trying to pass it off as a vintage les paul but the headstock and markings to me makes it jsut a few years old at best. I do not see a code for the serial number here which is SU05071257. I assume the SU just means Korea but the rest makes no sense to me. Can you help please and thanks in advance.Dave
     
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    "Vintage sunburst" is a color used on those guitars.

    The model isn't very old, so it's not going to be "vintage". But, since that word means nothing in real terms, someone can call anything older than brand new "vintage".

    Why buy one of those as used on eBay? They are at the lowest level Epiphone you can buy. Better to buy one new in the store.


    Better yet..... it's right after Christmas. Pretty soon you can get them cheap locally, as kids give up and are willing to trade their nearly unused Christmas guitars for a $60 XBox game.
     
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    lol because it's for my 7-year-old grandson, and he doesn't know anything about guitars except he wants to learn and I don't want to buy a new one. Just lost my father two weeks ago so between that and Christmas I'm pretty tapped out. I am a disabled Vet so money is sometimes tight.
    I just needed to know why the serial number doesn't match any of the specs I know about. I Have some awesome Epiphones in my collection, including that beautiful Koa top that plays better than my Gibson classic. My favorite though is my LTD 1000 with evertune bridge... well.... maybe, there is something about that Koa top that just feels right if you know what I mean? My PRS is like that as well, the Zach Meyers semi-hollow body... Just feels special in some way.
    Anyway thanks for the response even if it didn't answer my question... I do get the special II is lowe end but I've heard some of them play and they asr still a nice beginner guitar. Kind of like a hotrails strat I have... lol.... ppl dump on squire but this thing just sounds awesome and plays like a dream. well anyway..... have a great new year guys....
     
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    thanks but its not a humbucker guitar. I did look at them as well.... I did consider trying one out at a local shop when I can get tehrejust th hear how they sound in person.... have to see... not a fan of guitar center though...
     
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