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i.d. your Epiphone here -- serial # key, guitardater link + factory codes... a worldwide guide >part 3

#41 User is offline   Ricochet 

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:49 PM

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This is some great info Stephen. Thanks for all the work that must have went into compiling it. I'm sure that Duane is doing what he can to make sure this info is not lost in the archives and hopefully he will have a solution soon.


Work? It's just a copy/paste from an old post I made. There's an updated list on the Epiwiki
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 12:02 AM

To add to the overall knowledge of Epiphone's SN schema, Lord Summerisle has started building up some info regarding how to decode the new format that doesn't have the leading letter (this started in 2008, it seems). Here's what it is starting to shape up to, based on the assumption that the 5th and 6th digits in the SN correspond to the country of origin:

15 = Qingdao (electric)
16 = Qingdao (acoustic)
20 or 12 = DeaWon? or Unsung China? (still not sure which number corresponds to which factory)
21= Unsung, Korea

My MIK Riviera is SN 080522XXXX, which would suggest that 22 is also a Korean plant.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:23 AM

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:18 PM

[quote name='HarpBoy]My MIK Riviera is SN 080522XXXX' date=' which would suggest that 22 is also a Korean plant.[/quote']

[quote=paruwi6172]I wanna add the 23 for Indonesia made guitars
I've seen some Epis at the local dealer, all models made in Indonesia had xxxx23.......[/quote]

Let's put out the call for seconds to your motions ---
-- ANYONE ELSE out there who can confirm 22 as Korea and 23 as Indonesia? PM me or post to confirm.

Thanks for your input fellas..., that's how our member database is kept at the cutting edge of info. lol

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:48 PM

Thank you, just managed to find out my guitars info using the link
Can anyone tell me if some of the factories are more collectable/made better guitars?
It comes in handy when explaining to the girlfriend just why I needed another guitar, if I can point out to her that it's a great investment :-)


The Thunderbird is

"Guitar Info
Your guitar was made at the
Samick Plant, Korea
June 1997
Production Number: 0049


And the Firebird is


Guitar Info
Your guitar was made at the
Unsung Plant, Korea
August 2001
Production Number: 1257"

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 11:03 PM

I recently bought a Joe Pass in Tokyo, the sticker inside says:
"Model: EMPEROR II VS
Number: 0806210467"

From what I've read in this thread, would this make my guitar a recent Korean model, perhaps from Unsung?

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 02:03 PM

Hey- I've been lurking, trying to dig up some info on a '97 Epi Strat that came as a kit. It has almost NEVER been used..the poor thing. It's got a MADE IN KOREA sticker on it, and it also has a serial number that starts with J.
Just thought I'd throw that out there...I don't know a thing about Epiphone Stratocasters, so please forgive me if I've just made a silly comment!

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 01:14 PM

TO everyone: Epiphone is in the process of changing serial # format. If any of you has information to confirm the new number 22 and 23 locations and/or to add to or correct our data list in any way, then please contribute by posting or by a PM to me. This topic information belongs to everybody -- working together we can keep it the most accurate source available.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 01:53 AM

:D First, thanks for the serial number info. I guess my Chinese Dot Deluxe is actually made in Korea. Somehow I feel that's a good thing. Second, you guys drink too much coffee or what? I mean, nobody knows everything there is to know about everything. That's why come here to share what we DO know. Don't make me seperate you guys! LOL!

Here's what I know: This is my first new Epi. For 400 bucks, it's unreal. So pretty, I'm afraid to play it. I'm getting over that though. And I know where my old Epi Regent bass is that I paid 35 dollars for back in 1978. I WILL get it back!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:32 PM

[quote name='Jimbotime]First' date=' thanks for the serial number info. I guess my Chinese Dot Deluxe is actually made in Korea.[/quote']
Curious to know the details leading to your conclusion. Is it a 2008--> model? What made you say "Chinese"? Were there stickers on it indicating made in China? What serial code points to Korea?

If there is an error in the data sheet, then I want to see it corrected. Appreciate your contribution.
BTW I compiled/posted this data here from multiple sources to put it all in one place b/c I think it's important for everyone to have access to the info. But I'm a musician not a bookkeeper (nor a scoundrel) so if Ricochet or anyone else wants to take over I'll happily exit the scene.

WELCOME to the forum Jimbotime!

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 02:52 AM

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 04:20 PM

[quote name='paruwi6172]hope' date=' steven has done some savings on this[/quote']

What the....?
I go on the road for a few weeks , take a quick check in from a remote computer, and find the place a wreck!!!

Anybody else wish that Gibson/Epi would just bite the bullet already and switch to a php (or pcp or whatever it is) bulletin board server? Since we keep losing valuable info every couple of months anyway then the argument that we would lose too much info in the switch is really a moot one, right?

Anyway --- paruwi6172, I do have a backup copy of the factory codes thread but it is on disc back home so is out of my reach for awhile. It seems the most relevent update was your input on the four number codes, so if you PM me those I will update on-the-fly.

Cheers to everyone from the road.

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 10:24 PM

22 = MIK Riviera Valensi (mine)

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 11:04 PM

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What the....?
I go on the road for a few weeks , take a quick check in from a remote computer, and find the place a wreck!!!

Anybody else wish that Gibson/Epi would just bite the bullet already and switch to a php...?



Thats the ticket! PHP is the way to go.


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Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:10 PM

Staying out of the fray, the information here is first rate. I really want a Korean made Sheraton ii. This helps.

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 12:58 AM

My 2009 (i believe) Chinese Casino has serial 09021507053. I hope that helps!

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 04:17 AM

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:58 PM

First bump of November goes to Harpboy!!!
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 01:22 AM

SI = Samick Indonesia in Bogor Indonesia
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Posted 20 November 2009 - 08:08 AM

I played an Epiphone Masterbuilt 500 today with a MIC sticker and a factory code of 11. Made in '08.

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