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Hi to all Epiphone detectives. I hope you can help me.   I bought the Epiphone Casino pictured a few years ago. The seller said that he bought it in 1994 in Japan. I still have the receipt from Yama

Reality is you really don't know what came from Japan if your only resources are online. As you stated many colors and configurations have come from Japan including bolt on neck LP copies. I have seen

This is an attempt to get "control" about the first post,   as suggested by Steven Lister and in agreement with Duane

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To anyone with a YC factory letter code, I spoke with Roelof from GuitarInSite.com, he stated the following:

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Y = probably Korea

C= Cort (factory)

Because I do not have yet absolute certainty about this, it has not yet been processed in the decoder.

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While not confirmed, it's at least some kind of possibility of location. Beats wondering blindly with nothing. 

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On ‎7‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 10:00 AM, pete424 said:

I have a Riviera P93 Custom RW. The serial number is 16031500606. This id thread is pretty confusing. Can you tell me anything from this number?

Serial number: 16031500606

Built: March 2016 (serial: 00606)

Made by Qingdao (electric), China

From Guitar Insite

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On ‎7‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 9:52 AM, melpi65 said:

Good evening,

I would like to ask for a little help to recognize the following serial number:

Belongs to a Epiphone Les Paul Junior Double cutaway:

I suspect is a Japanese one but i'm not sure because i don't understand why isn't only J and i see an "I" after J.

Year i think is 98, as i see in many pages appears to be information about year by numbers but not from where it is the guitar.

I suspect Japan 98...but that I makes me crazy

May you help me?

Thank you!

with most 2 letter factory codes the first letter = factory, the second letter usually indicates country of origin, in this case I =  Indonesia.

Serial number: JI98110129

Built: November 1998 (serial: 0129)

From Guitar Insite

I also have this LP Junior Double Cut with a factory code CI = Cort Indonesia. This model had very limited production, most of which is traceable to Indonesia...

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21 hours ago, M.E. Baird said:

Hi I have an Epiphone Casino with only 5 digits 05313

I can not seem to find any listing for it on the net in regards to age, location of manufacturer etc. 

I have been told that it is probably an 80s MIJ model.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Matt

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Serial number: 05313

Built: 1960 (no space after 1st digit)
(serie: 5313)

Made by Epiphone (Gibson) in Kalamazoo, USA. (Solidbody)

from Guitar Insite

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8 hours ago, M.E. Baird said:

Hi Mihcmac, 

Wow!!  thank you. I thought it looked older than an 80s casino.  Will have to get a flight case now for touring.  Cheers M.E. 

 

You may want to call Gibson to confirm,  1-800-4GIBSON or have a professional evaluation done..

If authenticated it could be worth somewhere arround $6000...

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Hi all, I'm new in the forum and I have got a question.

I bought 27 years ago, more or less, an Epiphone Les Paul guitar but I don't know the model of it. Besides, there is no Gibson inscription anywhere. Regarding serial number (with 7 numbers) I couldn't find any explanation in this (or other) forums. Only, I can provide you the serial number (9212994) and several photos... please, could you help me?

Many thanks in advance.

Fran Sal

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2 hours ago, Fran_Sal said:

Hi all, I'm new in the forum and I have got a question.

I bought 27 years ago, more or less, an Epiphone Les Paul guitar but I don't know the model of it. Besides, there is no Gibson inscription anywhere. Regarding serial number (with 7 numbers) I couldn't find any explanation in this (or other) forums. Only, I can provide you the serial number (9212994) and several photos... please, could you help me?

Many thanks in advance.

Fran Sal

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1992 Les Paul-300. Never seen one in cherry before. Pretty nice.

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21 hours ago, SupersonicNomad said:

Wow! Sweet LP indeed!

Many thanks...

On ‎8‎/‎6‎/‎2019 at 10:12 PM, RobinTheHood said:

1992 Les Paul-300. Never seen one in cherry before. Pretty nice.

Thanks, Robin.

But, do you know where was made it and why doesn't it have any Gibson marks?.

When I've tried to decode the serial number doesn't coincide with any formula YMMRRRR -or something like this- found on the Internet.

Regards!

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On 8/8/2019 at 4:57 AM, Fran_Sal said:

Many thanks...

Thanks, Robin.

But, do you know where was made it and why doesn't it have any Gibson marks?.

When I've tried to decode the serial number doesn't coincide with any formula YMMRRRR -or something like this- found on the Internet.

Regards!

It was made in Korea. Epiphones of that era with no factory code were made at the Samick factory.

92=year

12=month

XXX=batch number

There are no Gibson markings because it appears that someone replaced the truss rod cover. There is no where else this guitar would have those markings. 

As for the serial format, they used Y and YY depending on the year and factory.  Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the year by the serial alone without seeing the guitar to determine the proper era. I know thay these guitars were only made from the early to mid 1990s, so 1999 would not be an option . The angle of the Epiphone logo on the headstock is another indicator of the era. By 1996, they were more angled instead of straight across the top. 

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12 hours ago, Tboneh said:

New to this sorry people,Any ideas on an estimated value on my 87 Les Paul Ltd Ed.?

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The Les Paul Standard Sparkle Flake "Gold Flake GF" according to the Wiki was produced between 1995 to 2000, so guessing yours might be a 97 built in Korea.. This could be the correct era with "Gibson" on the nut plate instead of the current style "Les Paul Standard".

Excluding Japan built, the Asian built Epiphone's generally resell for around 65% of what new models are selling for, depending on model popularity and condition.

Les Paul Standard Sparkle Flake Wiki

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ok folks got a couple questions..I recently bought what I thought was a epiphone LesPaul  standard.Its solid red.I bought it off an old man who said he got it from a lady about 25 years ago for a roofing job.I have been doing some research and found a couple discrepincies Here is the serial number that's stamped...14101508 then it has three more numbers that have been stamped out possibly 025...but above that there is a sticker with the number311652868..or possibly888 or866 hard to tell.But under that sticker stamped into the headstock looks like the letters usd..Does anyone know what I have here??any info would be great .thanks troy

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Greetings! I’m a little confused by the coding schemes in the forum; I wonder if anyone could help me ID a guitar?

Black Gibson Epiphone, 9400891 stamped onto the neck plate. I think it’s a Plustone, but I’m unable to post an image. Might anyone be able to chime in?

Thanks!

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On 12/16/2019 at 3:13 PM, BergeronHelo said:

Greetings! I’m a little confused by the coding schemes in the forum; I wonder if anyone could help me ID a guitar?

Black Gibson Epiphone, 9400891 stamped onto the neck plate. I think it’s a Plustone, but I’m unable to post an image. Might anyone be able to chime in?

Thanks!

It's either a 1994 or 1999. There's no way to tell what model it is withoit seeing the guitar. I would also be able to confirm the year by seeing the front of the headstock as well.

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Hello all! Wondering if you could help me ID a black  Epiphone Special. I tired using guitardater and it says its an unrecognized serial number so hopefully it can be determined if its genuine and where its from and when if possible.  The serial number on the back plate is MC22090927. Here's a pic of the guitar back neck plate and the guitar itself. Thanks in advance for any help, I really appreciate it!

 

 

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