Epiphone les paul serial number dating describe the process of carbon dating
Epiphone has been competing with Gibson for some time and with the introduction of the Epiphone Emperorin 1935, dealt a serious blow.
Epiphone introduced the Electar series in 1937, an electric guitar with an adjustable pickup.
RRRR = production number CZECH REPUBLIC: B= Bohêmia Musico-Delicia KOREA: I= Saein, U=Unsung, S=Samick, P or R=Peerless CHINA: DW=Dea Won, EA=Gibson/Qing Dao (Acoustic guitar), EE=Gibson/Qing Dao (Electric guitar), MC=Muse, SJ=Sae Jung, Z=Zaozhuang Saehan, BW=China UC=Unsung China MR = Mirr factory JAPAN: No letter or F=Fuji Gen, J or T=Terada INDONESIA: SI=Samick (Bogor factory) This newest serial number system used by Epiphone is not yet completely deciphered.' F' doesn't refer to ' Fine, Korea' - nor to ' Fuji-gen, Japan' - New "F" models are made in China.
This serial number system doesn't exactly tell the year - and doesn't tell the month at all.
Due to the success of the banjo Recording line, a Recording line for guitars was also established in 1928 and a full line of f-hole archtop guitars was introduced in 1931.
Epiphone stamps a serial number on each guitar, after decoding it can tell you where and when it was built.