Gibson dating system
These numbers correspond directly to the year of manufacture (see below for Korean models).
The only known exception is that the numbers are sometimes found stamped in black ink (ie NOT impressed into the wood).
) -- note: one Elitist model made in Japan has been reported having a J letter code K Korea Ins. ____ (Korea) MC Muse (China) MR = Mirr factory, China N-- see FN O Choice (Korea) P/R Peerless (Korea) S Samick (Korea) SI Samick (Bogor, Indonesia) SJ Sae Jun (China) SM Samil (Korea) SN ____?
So far the only way to distinguish these guitars is either from their fittings, or from general signs of ageing.Use the "keys" and factory letter/number identifiers below -- note that for guitars made prior to 1993, the serial # assigned does not reveal the date or factory where made -- or you can, 2.use the guitar dater project ---disclaimer: the guitardater project does not keep serial # log files of Epiphone products, it is simply a decoder program that uses the same codes keys as below to decifer the number entered by a user and as such it cannot verify the authenticity of any Epiphone guitar link to the --- four serial # code keys YYMMFFRRRRR -- new model codes, no letter prefix Beginning 2008-09 models are appearing w/o a letter prefix to i.d. Based on what is reported so far, it appears that the serial code may be: YY = first two digits = year of manufacture MM = second two digits = month of manufature FF = third two digits = factory i.d.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) 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 ?