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John Lennon EJ-160E - serial number inquiry


ianDsmith

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Hi

 

I recently acquired an Epiphone John Lennon EJ-160E ltd edition.

The serial number is R99F0001 - I understand this means it was made in the Peerless factory in Korea in 1999, but can anyone confirm that the last four digits indicate this was the first guitar in the limited edition series? If so, does this make it any more collectable than other guitars in the series.

Also, can anyone tell me how many guitars were produced in this limited edition?

Many thanks

 

IDS

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I'm not sure if that is a counting no. for the Ltd. series or production day or week or month, but it sure is cool. I'll guess Epi employees take first dibs on those nos.

 

The serial no. translators on the web should be able to tell you. I'm texting off mobile now, otherwise I'd offer to help.

 

BTW, this model has been in production for at least 10 years so it doesn't seem too limited.

 

Does yours have the short or long head stock? A short head stock would be more rare.

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Hey

Thanks for that. I know that Epiphone began producing the special edition John Lennon Casino models in 1999 and I suspect that is when they began the EJ-160E too. My guitar is dated June 99 which could place it at the start of the run. I haven't been able to find absolute confirmation of the date they began producing this guitar. I'm also fairly sure that with the Lennon Casino guitars the last four digits are sequential serial numbers. However, i also realise these are a real limited edition with only 1965 produced. Again I can't find confirmation of the Ltd status of the EJ-160E, although as you say it is still being produced, so perhaps not very limited.

Not sure about the headstock question, it looks pretty much the same as the current one seen on the epiphone webiste.

Thanks again. Any further thoughts welcome.

Cheers

 

IDS

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