Epiphone les paul serial number dating
he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.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).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.The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.A Japanese-made Epiphone can also have no letter, in which case the serial number would just start with numbers.
Breaking it down, this serial number would mean the guitar was made in Fuji Gen, Japan in August of 2005, and it was the 384th guitar made in that model.
10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.
NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..
Ranking numbers 500-999 continued to indicate Nashville production through 1989.
Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.