SN systems C, D, E F are more complex in nature and are discussed separately (see chapter 5). Consecutive SN ranges assigned to model batches Epiphone's main SN systems A B generally appear to follow this pattern: a range of consecutive, ascending SNs are found on instruments of one single model; a subsequent range of SNs appears on instruments of another single model; and so on (see Fig. My interpretation of this pattern is that these model-specific SN ranges represent production runs, i.e.
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.
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!
Dont know a lot about these numbers so take that with a pinch of salt, you could try posting your question here: and goto the forum link. I would guess the guitar is either a copy or eipiphone had samples made by prospective suppliers in the late eighties.
Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over.
After two years, the company became known as The House Of Stathopoulo.
I further assume that the subsequent SN range was assigned to the next following production run of a different model, and so on.
This means: Epiphone's ascending SNs represent a chronology of production (not a chronology of shipping/sale). "F traditional" (referring to the charts published by Fisch/Fred).
Southpawjam: The serial number "07038305" indicates; the first digit is the last digit of the two digits for the year of manufacture = 2000 and the third and fourth digits are the week it was manufactured 03 = 3rd week of January. Per your on-line data base dating this guitar was made in Korea in March of 2007 with a Production Number of 8305.
Hope this helps, kcbuck My method for the serial number decoding was per the Blue Book of Electric Guitars....
Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made upright basses, banjos, and other stringed instruments.
However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to absorb it.