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Hi, I sent mail to Customer service, but - no reply


does any body know if the Broadways are still made in Korea?

so I am assuming yes, and I could be wrong,


You'll find out fairly soon. Then you can tell us.

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Hi, I sent mail to Customer service, but - no reply


does any body know if the Broadways are still made in Korea?

so I am assuming yes, and I could be wrong,


What is the Serial Number?


In the early 1970s, Epiphone began to manufacture instruments in Japan.[7] From the 1980s, Epiphones were manufactured mainly in Korea but also in Japan by contractors licensed by Gibson.[7][8] One of these contractors was Samick,[8] which also built instruments under license for other brands and in its own name. The brand was primarily used to issue less expensive versions of classic Gibson models.[8]


These guitars were constructed using different woods (usually Nyatoh[citation needed], for example, instead of Mahogany), were fastened with epoxies rather than wood-glues[citation needed], and were finished in hard, quick-to-apply polyester resin rather than the traditional nitro-cellulose lacquer used by Gibson[citation needed]. These particular budget considerations, along with others such as plastic nuts and cheaper hardware and pickups, allow for a more affordable instrument.


Samick has stopped[when?] manufacturing guitars in Korea[citation needed]. In 2002, Gibson opened a factory in Qingdao, China, which manufactures Epiphone guitars.[9] With few exceptions, Epiphones are now built only in the Qingdao factory.[9]


Unique Epiphone models, including the Emperor, Zephyr, Riviera and Sheraton, are built to higher quality standards than the company's "Gibson copy" line[citation needed]. Epiphone also produces a range of higher quality instruments under the "Elitist Series" moniker, which are built in Japan[citation needed]. In 2004 Epiphone introduced a series of acoustic guitars named Masterbilt after a line of guitars of the 1930s. Today's Masterbilt guitars are manufactured in Qingdao, China.[10]


Current Epiphone serial numbers give the following information[11]:



I = Saein

U = Unsung

S = Samick

P or R = Peerless

K = Korea

MR = Korea



DW = DaeWon

EA = Gibson/QingDao

EE = Gibson/QingDao

MC = Muse

SJ = SaeJung

Z = Zaozhuang Saehan

BW = China



No letter or F = FujiGen

J or T = Terada


Czech Republic

B = Bohêmia Musico-Delicia



SI = Samick Indonesia


Example: SI09034853 SI = Samick Indonesia, 09 = 2009, 03 = March, 4853 = manufacturing number.


Several Epiphone guitars have been produced in the United States since 1971. The Epiphone Spirit and Special were produced in the early 1980s in Kalamazoo[citation needed]. In 1993, three historic Epiphone acoustic guitars, the Texan, Frontier, and Excellente, were produced by Gibson Acoustic in Montana[citation needed]. The Paul McCartney Texan was produced in 2005, and in 2009, the Epiphone Historic Collection was created, beginning with the 1962 Wilshire, built by Gibson Custom. Several other models, such as the Sheraton and John Lennon Casinos, were built in Japan and assembled and finished by Gibson USA[citation needed].



YY year

MM month

FF factory-code

12345 production#

FACTORY NUMBER CODES—for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers

[NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns that forum members have observed. The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]

11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt

12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China—uncertainty remains as to which factory)

15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric

16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic

17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E

18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass

20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China—uncertainty remains as to which factory)

21 = Unsung, Korea

22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)

23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)

I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia

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Hi all


Thank you, I appreciate all your replies, That was some very detailed info here from Rootsto7.


Anyway I was under the impression they were still made in Korea then thought,, I should know better, not good to assume!


I will follow up tomorrow as it should be delivered at some point.


/kb (Ray)

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