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  1. Hi Ed, It looks like your serial # begins with two letters (GO), followed by 1070642. This would date differently from a number read as a G followed by the number 01070642. In other words, if that second digit was a zero rather than a letter O. If the number is correctly read as beginning with the letters 'GO', followed by 1070642, then I would read that as a guitar made in July, 2010 (using the code YYMRRRR). If the number is actually G followed by the number 01070642, this would suggest a manufacturing date of July 2001 (using the code YYMMRRRR). An explanation of the above codes, and more details can be found under "Epiphone", here: https://www.themusiczoo.com/blogs/news/gibson-and-epiphone-guitars-serial-number-guide Hope this is helpful.
  2. Hi Emo, Without a letter prefix, your 8868 FON (factory order number) would fit into the 1951 range (6000's to upper 9000's). More info here: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial That's an absolutely beautiful example of an ES-125!
  3. You're probably better off asking your question in the Epiphone forum: https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/ You can also look at the Epiphone Wiki page for the Sheraton: http://www.epiphonewiki.org/index/Sheraton.php
  4. Yes, it looks like it might have been an ES-125. Here's an image of a 1953 ES-125: First of all, the metal piece you refer to is called a tailpiece. Your ES-350T tailpiece is nice, but it's not original to that guitar. The original single P-90 pickup (with the black plastic cover, shown above) was removed, and two humbucking pickups (a type that wasn't introduced on Gibsons until 1957) were installed. You can still see the P-90 mounting holes and the shadow of the P-90's outline in the finish adjacent the humbucker closer to the neck. The volume and tone knobs all came from a Gretsch (brand) guitar, and a switch was added. The way it was done, the location of the knobs no longer conforms with what you would normally see on a stock two-pickup Gibson archtop guitar of this type. You still have a nice old musical instrument there, it's just not as valuable or collectible due to the modifications. The exception to this would be if your humbuckers are vintage "paf" (patent applied for) models, dating from 1957 to around 1962. If they are original paf's, then they are quite valuable. Also, your 350T tailpiece and Gretsch knobs will have considerable collector's value on their own, to the right people.
  5. Olá Maria. I would try posting your question here: https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/
  6. 355's had all gold hardware, and a Bigsby was typical also. So I'm not sure what "differences" the guitar really had from a stock 355. The price may have reflected something special about it, or maybe it was just over-priced?
  7. Did you play football at Del Mar and WSU?
  8. Hi Lisa, This forum is for identifying guitars, but a quick internet search (Google) turned up a few sources that look like they answer your question: http://www.bluebookofpianos.com/serial1.htm#BALDWIN https://www.total-piano-care.com/baldwin-pianos.html There may be more sources out there if you want to try a search yourself. Anyway, it looks like your piano dates to 1983. Info on the company's history can be found here (you can perhaps figure out where yours was built): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_Piano_Company
  9. I would post your question in the Epiphone forum ( https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/ ), and try to include photos (a serial number alone isn't enough information).
  10. Since it's an Epiphone (asian), and not a Gibson, you might want to post your question in the Epiphone forum: https://forum.gibson.com/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/
  11. According to Duchossoir's "Gibson Electrics: The Classic Years", 215 was the number produced only from 1962 to 1967. According to Gruhn's 1991 reference guide, the TF model was discontinued in 1971, but I don't know how many were produced from 1968-1971. Pretty small numbers, I would think. As far as the 90's and beyond, I have no idea.
  12. ? What does "mid to early" even mean? Find a good source of information on vintage Gibsons. The double cutaway on this model appeared in 1961. Those were two different models. Those online "dater project" sites are notorious for producing bad results. Gibson's serial numbering system was messed up back in the day, but you can still find better sources than those dater project sites. Here's one that's more reliable: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial
  13. 'Scales was absolutely correct. I would recommend that you find better sources of information.
  14. What you have is a 1937 EH-150 lap steel, and yes it has value (just the pickup itself has considerable value, and is something that is still iconic and being copied to this day). You can search various websites (ebay, gbase.com, reverb.com, etc) to get an idea of the guitar's current value. As far as dating, I use this online source: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibson.html#serial Here is the section relating to your instrument: Hyphen Factory Order Number with NO Letters, 1936 to 1943. Pre-WW2 hyphen Factory Order Numbers are used mostly on lap steels. The format consists of a three or four digit number, a hyphen, then a one or two digit batch number. Only the first number (before the hyphen) determines the year. 1st Number range Year ----------------- ---- 200-xx to 399-xx 1937 400-xx to 599-xx 1936, 1937 500-xx to 599-xx 1936 to 1938 600-xx to 799-xx 1936, 1938 800-xx to 999-xx 1936 1000-xx to 1599-xx 1937 1600-xx to 2999-xx 1938 to 1940 3000-xx to 5999-xx 1941 6000-xx to 6999-xx 1942 7000-xx to 7999-xx 1943
  15. Cool. You might also try posting it here: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/forum/90-epiphone-electrics/
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