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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.

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Turns out that sometime after Norlin’s sale of Gibson to its current owners, someone hatched the plot to produce the Nouveau series.

In the late ‘80s Japan was still regarded as a prime source of budget guitars (this was about to end).

This is my first electric guitar, saved up for it for a long time.

I wondered if you could tell me where or when it was made, Serial number is: 10071501353 Thanks guys. Here's a guide to Epiphone serial numbers taken from Gibson's website: Most regular production models since ca. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.

Another turn is reflected by this extremely rare 1988 Epiphone Spotlight. I too had my doubts when I first laid eyes on this sweetheart hanging in a pawnshop down on South Street in Philly. That’s when I started pawing through the Epiphone paper I’d managed to acquire. Epiphone, of course, had been Gibson’s budget brand ever since they bought their fierce rival in 1957.

Like on the telephone commercials with the wizard, the goofball crew and the “puppy,” I can hear you gasp, “What the…” Epiphone Spotlight? Like almost everything I bought back in those days (mid-‘90s), nobody knew what the heck it was. There it was, in a promotional pack from Gibson that my friend Michael Lee Allen had thrown in with one of my catalog orders. Epiphone had become an imported line in 1971, thus beginning a long and complicated peregrination as an offshore product.

From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock, this should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows: In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.

The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.

The pattern is as follows: YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.

Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production.

There is one extra digit to many to show it as being in the Gibson series. Do the numbers 88 and the last number 5 on your guitar label have a bolder appearance? It's been almost 3 years since my original post and I'd forgotten all about this! They have productive capability 50,000 of Electric Guitars and basses a year.

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