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The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported.The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period.Examples – 9 xxx = 1989 (4 digit number beginning with “9” used only in 1989) 0 xxxx = 1990 9 xxxx = 1999 00xxxx = 2000 05xxxx = 2005 Those beginning with “94”: In 1994, Gibson’s Centennial year, many instruments have a serial number that begins with “94” for the year, with the remaining 6 digits indicating the ranking number.Custom Shop Custom Shop regular production models CS YRRRR or CS YXRRRR CS stands for “Custom Shop” Y indicates the production year X – When present indicates the factory (5 = Memphis 0 = Nashville) RRRR indicates the guitar’s place in the sequence of production Example: CS10845 is the 845th reg. Example in the photo above: CS 204247 indicates a Nashville CS guitar Reissue custom shop models and Vintage Old Specification (VOS) follow the normal serial rules but come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and sometimes a special stamp on the back of the neck.
There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.
In recent years, counterfeit versions of the popular guitar ave surfaced. Next, check for the serial number on the back of the headstock. Modern numbers are 9 digits but older/vintage Gibson guitars are much shorter.
By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.
Since 1989, all Gibson acoustics are built in Bozeman, MT and all Gibson electrics are built in Nashville or Memphis.
Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.