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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.
The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt12 = Dea Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass20 = Dae Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)21 = Unsung, Korea22 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia ANOTHER CODES: FYYMRRRR F = factory code (See "Factory number code" above) YY = year of manufacture M = This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...).
The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since 2000. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.
Examples - 9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with "9" used only in 1989) 0 xxxx = 1990 9 xxxx = 1999 00xxxx = 2000 05xxxx = 2005 Those beginning with "94": In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with "94" for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number. FYYMMRRRR F= Factory code (this can be 2 letters as well) YY= year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for '90s models) MM= month of manufacture R= ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced) Example - S02021234 was issued in Feb. Another code used on some current Epiphone models FYYMRRRR F= Factory code YY=Year of manufacture M= This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...) RRRR= ranking number Example - R03D0263 was issued in April 2003.
As opposed to a brand such as Fender, whose guitars are either made in America or Mexico, Epiphone's guitars can come from a number of different factories in a variety of countries.
For this reason, it is not as easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it was made.
NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.There are always exceptions to these rules, the two listed below are worth noting: Les Paul Classic: This model features an ink stamped serial number with no "MADE IN USA" (just as we used on the original 1952-1960 Les Pauls).