Epiphone Serial Number Lookup

Epiphone guitars are manufactured in various factories across different countries, making it challenging to identify their origin or manufacturing date. However, each guitar is marked with a serial number that, once decoded, can reveal details about Epiphone’s date and location.

To check the date of your guitar refer to the Epiphone serial number lookup tool provided below.

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How to Find Epiphone Serial Number?

To find the Epiphone serial number, search it on the headstock. For Semi-Hollow guitars, the serial number can be found on the label inside the top f-hole, while for acoustic guitars, it can be detected on the label inside the sound hole. Epiphone serial number usually contains a combination of digits and 1 or 2 letters. The stamped serial number can consist of a series of digits, or letter(s) + digits.

Epiphone Serial Numbers
Epiphone Serial Numbers

Epiphone Serial Number With Only Digits

Epiphone Serial Number 11 Digits.

For example let’s check the Epiphone serial number: 11051500160.
The first two digits are the last 2 digits of the year (11).
The next two digits represent the month (05).
The 5th and 6th digits represent the factory code (15) (See list numbered factory codes).
The last 5 digits form the series sequence number.
So, serial number 11051500160 is the 160th guitar built in May 2011 at the factory of Qingdao in China.

Since 2004 Epiphone guitars have been produced in China.

5-digit Epiphone Serial Number.

Five digits with a space after the first digit and custom shop on the back of the headstock, applied from 1990 to 1999. The first digit is the last digit of the production year, the following four digits are the serial number. Five digits with no space after the first digit were used from 1951 to 1956 and from 1961 to 1967 for both acoustic and electric models.

Epiphone 6-digit Serial Number.

From 1961 to early 1970, Epiphone used 6-digit serial numbers. However, many serial numbers were duplicated during this period, making the exact production year difficult to trace. The models with a 6-digit serial number starting with 0 were certainly produced in 1967.

7-digit Serial Number.

7-digit serial numbers do not have a factory code. Here is the first digit of the last year of the decade. The 2nd and 3rd numbers represent the month. These were manufactured in Korea by Samick between 1984 and 1995.

8 and 9 Digit Epiphone Serial Numbers.

8 and 9 serial numbers are without a factory code. These were used respectively from 1990 and 1988 and also manufactured by Samick in Korea.

Epiphone Serial Number With Letters And Digits

Serial Number 1 letter 5 digits.

This combination was applied to the Elite/Elitist models. The letter indicates the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year (since 2002). The factory code can be an F or a T here (See list Factory code letter).

Example: Serial number T32222 is the 2222th guitar of 2003 built in the factory of Terada Gakki Seisakusyo, Japan.

Serial Number 1 letter 6 digits.

The letter indicates the factory code and the first and second digits are the last two digits of the year.

Example: Serial number Z051234 is the 1234th guitar built in 2005 at the Zaozhuang Saehan factory in China.

Between 2001 and 2010 only 1 digit was used for the production year.

Serial Number 2 letters 5 digits.

The letters indicate the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year.

Example: Serial number CI21234 is the 1234th guitar built in 2002 at the Cort, Indonesia factory.

Serial Number 1 Letter 7 Digits.

The letter indicates the factory code and the first digit is the last digit of the year. The 3rd and 4th digits represent the month. The last 4 digits form the series sequence number. Because the year is only represented by 1 digit, guitars with this coding from the 80s, 90s, or a decade of 2000 (depending on the factory code).

Example: Serial number S6031234 is the 1234th guitar built in 1986, 1996, or 2006, the month of March at the Samick factory in Korea.

Serial Code 2 letters 6 digits.

The letter indicates the factory code and the next two digits are the last two digits of the year. The second letter (fourth character) stands for the month (A = January, B = February, etc.). The last 4 digits form the series sequence number.

Example: Serial number R04G0123 is the 123rd guitar of July 2004, built in the Peerless, Korea factory.

Serial Number 1 letter 8 digits.

The letter indicates the factory code, and the next two digits are the last two digits of the year. The 3rd and 4th digits represent the month. The last 4 digits form the series sequence number.

Example: C99040233 is the 233rd guitar of April 1999, built in the Cort factory, Korea.

This coding method was used until 2010.

Serial Code 2 Letters 7 Digits.

The letter indicates the factory code, the next 2 digits are the last 2 digits of the year. The second letter (fourth character) stands for the month (A = January, B = February, etc.). The last 5 digits form the series sequence number.

Example: S07C00122 is the 122nd guitar of March 2007, built at the Samick factory in Korea.

This coding method was used until 2010.

Serials 2 Letters 8 Digits.

For example let’s check Epiphone serial number: SI02060234.

The first 2 letters indicate the factory code, and the next two digits are the last 2 digits of the year.
The 5th and 6th digits represent the month.
The last 4 digits form the series sequence number.

So, serial number SI02060234 is the 234th guitar of June 2002, built at the Samick factory in Cileungsi near Bogor, Indonesia.

Serial Number 2 letters 9 digits.

This coding is the same as the coding of 2 letters 8 digits with the difference that here is 5 digits for it sequence number are used.

Epiphone factory codes digits Chart

NUMBERFACTORYCOUNTRY
10unknownChina
11QingdaoChina
12DeaWon or UnsungChina
13unknownChina
14DaeWonChina
15Qingdao (electric)China
16Qingdao (acoustic)China
17unknownChina
18unknownChina
19Fine GuitarsChina
20DeaWon or UnsungChina
21UnsungKorea
22unknownKorea
23SamickIndonesia

Epiphone serial code letters Chart

NUMBERFACTORYCOUNTRY
 BBohêmia Musico-DeliciaCzech Republic
BWunknownChina
CCortKorea
CICortIndonesia
DWDaeWonChina
EAQingdao (acoustic)China
EDDongbeiChina
EEQingDao (electric)China
FFuji-gen (Elite/Elitist models)Japan
FFine GuitarsKorea
FCFuji-gen (nineties)Japan
GQingDao (acoustic)Korea
GGunknownKorea
GRFarida, Guang DongIndonesia
ISaeinKorea
ISSamick, BogorIndonesia
JTerada Gakki SeisakusyoJapan
KKorea Ins.Korea
LLeader Musical Instrument Co Ltd.Korea
MCMuseChina
MRMirr factoryChina [Korea to 2004]
OChoiceKorea
PPeerlessKorea
RPeerlessKorea
QGQingdao GibsonChina
SSamickKorea
SISamick, BogorIndonesia
SJSaeJunChina
SMSamilKorea
TTerada Gakki SeisakusyoJapan
UUnsungKorea
UCUnsung ChinaChina
ZZaozhuang SaehanChina

Unclear Epiphone serial number factory code Chart

NUMBERFACTORYCOUNTRY
Hunknown Probably Hunan, China
GPunknownProbably Korea
JKunknown Probably Korea or Indonesia
SKunknownunknown
SNunknown Probably Indonesia
SWunknownunknown
WFunknownProbably China
XunknownProbably China
YunknownProbably Korea

If you are unsure whether the serial number corresponds with the year of manufacture, you can do a potentiometer check with an electric model.

Dating Epiphone Acoustic Guitars

Epiphone Dating Japan

The acoustic guitars from Epiphone, which were manufactured by Matsumoku in Japan from 1970 to 1987, are not a reliable serial numbering system but can be approximately dated by color and inscription from the Epiphone label.

Epiphone Blue Label.

The first blue labels that were used were leftover labels from the Kalamazoo factory. In the bottom left corner of these labels is printed “Union Made” and stamped, “Made in Japan”. Until supplies ran out, they were used from 1970 until the beginning of 1971. Some of these first labels do not include Made in Japan or Union Made. After supplies ran out, new blue labels were used where in the lower right corner “Made in Japan” is printed.

Epiphone blue label 1970-1975
 Epiphone Japan label 1970-1975


Epiphone Label Brown or White “Lincolnwood”.

Brown “Lincolnwood” label was used from 1976 to 1979. The Lincolnwood label was also used for the acoustic guitars of the Taiwanese “Ep” series from 1979-1980. These labels in the bottom right corner say, ‘Made in Taiwan’.

Epiphone Lincolnwood label 1976-1979
Epiphone Japan label 1976-1979 Lincolnwood

Epiphone Mottled Label.

From 1980 to 1987 a mottled pattern label was used for Japanese acoustic guitars.

Epiphone Japan label 1980-1987
Epiphone Japan label 1980-1987

Epiphone Dating Korea

The color of the Epiphone made in Korea label makes it possible to identify the period in which the guitar was built.

Epiphone Label 1987 Korea
Epiphone Label 1987 Korea
Epiphone Label 1987 Korea
Epiphone Label 1988-2011 Korea

Epiphone Dating China

In 2004 a factory was opened in Qingdao, China, which produces Epiphone guitars. No labels have been used here, but stickers with “Made in China” are glued to the neck of the guitars. Except for the Masterbilts, these do have a label with a serial number in the resonance box.

Epiphone Made in China Since 2004
Epiphone Made in China Since 2004
Epiphone label Masterbilt 2004-2010 China
Epiphone Label Masterbilt 2004-2010 China

If you cannot determine the date of manufacture of your Epiphone guitar, you can also search for information on the forum.

FAQ

  1. When my Epiphone was made?

    Eeach Epiphone guitar is marked with a serial number that, once decoded, can reveal details about its production location and date. To identify the production year of your Epiphone guitar, you can use the serial number decoder.

  2. How do I find the Epiphone serial number?

    To find the serial number of your Epiphone guitar, look for it on the headstock. For Semi-Hollow models, it can be found on the label inside the top f-hole, while for Epiphone acoustic guitars, it can be found on the label inside the sound hole. Epiphone serial number usually contains a combination of digits and one or two letters.

  3. What does the Epiphone serial number look like?

    The serial number usually contains a combination of digits and one or two letters. The stamped serial number can consist of a series of numbers, or letter(s) and numbers.