Dating epiphone guitar serial

Currently I have listed Zephyr Spanish SN 7182 as the last pre-war electric guitar.

When Epiphone restarted electric instrument production in 1946, only the Zephyr Hawaiian model carried on with the old SN system – the first documented is SN 7307.

ELECTRIC GUITARS “While Epiphone’s SN systems for acoustic instruments and 1950s electric hollow bodies appear to be pretty straightforward, the SN systems of their other electric instruments and amps are much less so.

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The s/n is sometimes ink typed on a label where it should have been letter pressed.

According to Wiedler Epiphone often applied a newer type label with the old s/n typed in when a guitar was brought in for repair.

All other electric models used a new 5-6 digit SN system – with model-specific 2-3 digit prefix followed by a 3-digit serial suffix.

In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. Next, check for the serial number on the back of the headstock. Modern numbers are 9 digits but older/vintage Gibson guitars are much shorter.

First of all, if anyone, especially a seller based in China is selling a Gibson Les Paul for an alarmingly low price, you probably want to pass. Fakes usually have the serial number either engraved too deep into the wood or inked (with too much ink).

Keep in mind, Gibson never inked serial numbers on the Gibson Les Paul Standard but they did ink the custom shop series and some Les Paul Classics. On the real one, you can see the binding actually rides up, just a little, on the fret. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Gibson founded the company to make mandolin-family instruments. Contributors will be credited as an instrument owner or photographer upon request. Serial number and model name – where to find it To submit instrument info please drop me a message. Privacy notice: The name or e-mail address of info contributors are treated as confidential and will not be published or disclosed to any third party.In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.

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