Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.
The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
I got an Epiphone Acoustic Guitar from my uncle a few years ago, and I would like to know what year it was made, and perhaps find out if it is worth anything.
If anyone knows anything about reading serial numbers, or a way for me to find out some info using my serial/model number, I would appreciate it.
Thanks Related Article: Epiphone G-400 Pro SG Hi, It would be much easier if you posted the serial number then I/we could look at it and provide info for you; however, here are some general guidelines: From '58-'69 hollow body guitars had the serial number on a label inside the guitar, prefexed by the letter "A" plus four digits for the first four years (57 to 60).
Beginning in 1960 the number was pressed into the back of the headstock.
Between 19 the Epiphone was manufactured in Japan and the serial numbers became unreliable for dating purposes.Gibson labels were Orange and imported labels were Blue.During the 80's production began in Korea and again serial numbers become unreliable.In 1993 the numbers became more reliable, for example: A3 would be 1993 as would A93.During the 90's "SOME" Ephiphones were produced in America by Gibson and they follow Gibson serial number identification rules, for example: YDDDYNNN The first and fifth number is the year of manufacture; the second, third, and fourth would be the day of the year and the last three would be that number guitar of the day.90023514; this guitar was built on Jan 2 (second day of the year)of 1993 at the Nashville plant (5)and it was the 14 guitar built for that day.