Dating epiphone les paul guitars
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.
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.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.They were made by Terada and usually have an Orange Epiphone label. The serial number is 880509595 and it's located on a stick-on strip on the back of the headstock.