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Bra du har funnet det ut, men kan du fortelle oss hvor/hvordan du fant ut av det? Det kan jo være andre som lurer på det samme. :)

Kan gjøre det så enkelt å lime inn hele guiden, så kan evt moderatorer bruke det i en samletråd for slike spørsmål:)

To find the i.d. of your 1993 or most later models Epiphone either:

1. Use the "keys" and factory letter/number identifiers below -- note that for guitars made prior to 1993, the serial # assigned does not reveal the date or factory where made -- or you can,

2. use the guitar dater project ---disclaimer: the guitardater project does not keep serial # log files of Epiphone products, it is simply a decoder program that uses the same codes keys as below to decifer the number entered by a user and as such it cannot verify the authenticity of any Epiphone guitar

link to the ---> guitar dater project website

if the link fails, then copy/paste into your address bar --->

the four serial # code keys

YYMMFFRRRRR -- new model codes, no letter prefix

Beginning 2008-09 models are appearing w/o a letter prefix to i.d. the factory. Based on what is reported so far, it appears that the serial code may be:

YY = first two digits = year of manufacture

MM = second two digits = month of manufature

FF = third two digits = factory i.d. where made -- the factory code #s identified so far are shown in red print below

RRRRR = remaining digits = ranking number

-- example 08121520333 was made in December 2008, factory 15, 2 unknown significance, 0333 unit produced

[NOTE - pre 1993-94 productions also frequently omitted factory letter codes and appeared as all numbers e.g. 023849354 -- these are Asian made (Korea, Japan, Indonesia) but again the exact factory origin is not usually available from guitardater project or other sources.]


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 made in Feb. 2002 from the Samick Korea factory, unit 1234.

Another code used on some current Epiphone models


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 made in April 2003 at the Peerless Korea factory, unit 0263.

Epiphone Elite/Elitist models


F = factory code (this code will be an "F" or "T")

Y = year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.)

SSSS = sequential ranking number

Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model made at the Terada factory, production rank 1234th unit.


For Epiphone serial numbers that begin with a letter(s), this list identifies the factory (& country) where produced:

B Bohêmia Musico-Delicia (Czech Republic)

BW ____?____ (China)

DW DaeWon (China)

EA QingDao (China) = Epiphone Acoustic

EE QingDao (China) = Epiphone Electric

F Fujigen (Japan) = Elite/Elitist models

F/FN Fine Guitars (Korea) = non-Elite/Elitist models

GG (two identified -- Epiphone says it has no record of using GG -- may have slipped through system or are 3rds)

I Saein (Korea)

J Indonesia (Jakarta ?) -- note: one Elitist model made in Japan has been reported having a J letter code

K Korea Ins. (Korea)

L ____?____ (Korea)

MC Muse (China)

N--> see FN

O Choice (Korea)

P/R Peerless (Korea)

S Samick (Korea)

SI Samick (Bogor, Indonesia)

SJ SaeJun (China)

SM Samil (Korea)

SN ____?____ (Indonesia)

T Terada Gakki Seisakusyo (Japan)

U Unsung (Korea)

UC Unsung China (China)

Z Zaozhuang Saehan (China)

FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers

[NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]

11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt 500

12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)

15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric

16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic

17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E

18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass

20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)

21 = Unsung, Korea

22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)

23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown)

I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia)
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