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Epiphone guitars come from different factories in different countries.For this reason, it is not so easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it is made.In 2004, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China for the production of Epiphone guitars.Although the vast production of Epiphone guitars takes place in these countries, some more exclusive models are still being made in the USA.Epiphone has been competing with Gibson for some time and with the introduction of the Epiphone Emperorin 1935, dealt a serious blow.Epiphone introduced the Electar series in 1937, an electric guitar with an adjustable pickup. The serial number is 880509595 and it's located on a stick-on strip on the back of the headstock.The front of the headstock has "Epiphone by Gibson" at the top and the Epiphone logo at the bottom. ______________________________________________________________________ looking at the epiphone forum the serial numbers seem to run similar to gibsons, if they begin with a letter then this denotes the factory/country of origin, yours has no letter so yours according to Epi forum was made in 88(1988) 05(may 5th month) 09595(9,595th guitar made). Hi, I have such an Epiphone, serial number begining with 88 and I cannot find when it was made either!
I wondered if you could tell me where or when it was made, Serial number is: 10071501353 Thanks guys. Here's a guide to Epiphone serial numbers taken from Gibson's website: Most regular production models since ca. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.With Semi-Hollow models on the label inside the top f-hole and with acoustic guitars on the label inside the sound hole.It consists of a number of figures, often also in advance of one or two letters.A full line of newly designed acoustic and electric guitars is launched in 1958.In 1960, Epiphone's production moved to the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
There is one extra digit to many to show it as being in the Gibson series. Do the numbers 88 and the last number 5 on your guitar label have a bolder appearance? It's been almost 3 years since my original post and I'd forgotten all about this! They have productive capability 50,000 of Electric Guitars and basses a year.