Start Dating epiphone basses

Dating epiphone basses

Simply, if the first two numbers are "08," the guitar was made in the year 2008.

A Japanese-made Epiphone can also have no letter, in which case the serial number would just start with numbers.

If the guitar was made in Indonesia, it will have a "SI," which stands for Samick's Indoesian factory. These two numbers represent the year the guitar was made.

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The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter. This letter represents in which country the guitar comes from, as well as the company who manufactured it.

If the guitar was made in Korea, it will either have an "I," which stands for Saein; a "U," which stands for Unsung; an "S," which stands for Samick; or a "P," which stands for Peerless.

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If the guitar was made in China, it will be denoted with a "DW," which stands for Dae Won; an "EA" or "EE," which stand for Gibson's Qingdao factory; an "MC," which stands for Muse; a "SJ" for Sae Jung; a "Z," which represents Zaozhuang Saehan; or a "BW," which just stands for China itself.

If the guitar was made in Japan, the letters printed to represent it are either a "F" for Fuji Gen or a "J" or "T," which stand for Terada.

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.