F..serials on Tributes and others

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  1. paruwi

    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    This is an attempt to get behind the logic of the newest serialnumber-system Epi is using on the Tribute, Tribute-plus and some other LP-models.

    We know they start with 'F' and we know they're not made in Japan,
    they seem to be made in one of their own factories in QingDao.

    Can all of you proud Tribute-owners post your serial-number and when you've bought the guitar (new) - and if you've got more information, eventually from Gibson/Epi Customer-Service - when (year/month) it was made.

    As they are usually not for long in the stores we eventually can get behind the logic....

    Come on - let's try it
     
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    Ratmick Senior Member

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    Mine was purchased from Thomann on the 13th December 2012.

    Serial number is F316677.

    Nothing I have in the documentation indicates when it was manufactured in China, nor when it arrived in Germany.

    thks, Mick :)
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Just adding some models from Sweetwater, currently in stock
    probably made during the last few months

    Les Paul Tribute plus (BC)
    F 316543
    F 317084
    F 317218
    F 317290

    Les Paul Tribute plus (ME)
    F 316111
    F 316112
    F 316685
    F 318085

    Les Paul Tribute plus (VSB)
    F 317296
    F 317346

    Les Paul Tribute plus (FCB)
    F 316815
     
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    I bought mine last May 2012 from Sam Ash. S/N F313912. There was nothing in the case candy to provide additional information. :)
     
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    That one has a great patterned top...

    Mick
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    It looks like "F31" has some type of distinctive meaning. Possibly a factory code?
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    must be refurbished......:laugh2:
     
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    Got my 1960 Tribute from E. M. Shorts in Wichita Ks. on
    4-9-10 S/N F300020
     
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    Here is the sales slip. [​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG]
     
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    OK. Got mine this week from Zzounds. S/N F317004 Weighs in at 9lbs. Like everyone else nothing was in the case candy that give any clue. The shipping box was labeled "Made in China" but according a headstock sticker it was set up by Gibson in the USA by #28 - whoever that is. Heres a few pics. I do love the wood work on mine. Sings like a dragon; keeping with the Chinese theme here :applause:
     

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    I didn't see a NGD thread so congrats on your new Tribute Plus. I know you will love it. :thumb:
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    bought Jan '13

    thanks to bobswinea :wave:
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    bought Jan '13

    ...and one more for the puzzle

    Thanks
     
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    Mine was purchased through Sweetwater in Dec 2012. It seems they didn't have it long as they sell out very fast through them. The serial number is F316148. Does this help any?

    Kevin
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Thanks,

    we'll see if we can crack the system :naughty:
     
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    Whats up with F31***** mine is F30*****, but I bought mine
    in 4-2010. If like other S/N's mine must be one of the first ones made
    sence it ends with 00020. Right.
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    That is my guess by now, too

    Maybe the 'general' type is F3
    followed or started in 2010 - therefor the next digit "0"

    by now I believe they started with F30000 (in 2010), then just went on up to F309999 - then switched to F310000 :hmm:

    all the models with F31..... can't have been made in 2011 and sold in 2012
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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    Thanks to Alvinfan :thumb:

    that's the second F30xxxx
     
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