However, there were also some Korean Artist Series Strats made around 1995-1996 with no serial numbers, and many Korean-made Japanese Market models had no serial numbers as well. It is commonly found on Mastercaster Series models, among others.
These serial numbers are easily recognized as a white sticker with a black border, usually found on the back of the headstock or the heel of the neck.
(Note: recommended research resources on Epiphone banjos and Epiphone upright basses.) Generally not included in this project are any Epiphone instruments built after the 1957 take-over by CMI/Gibson – instruments made in Kalamazoo MI, typically stated on their internal label.
Also see Headstock Styles and Logo Styles for help determining when your guitar was made (particularly helpful if there is no serial number).
The pattern is as follows: YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number.
Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production.
Note: Any guitar with a serial number with the prefix "SI" is Indonesian-made.
If this is the case, the only other way to date your guitar is by looking for a date ink-stamped on the side of the original box switch.Ranking numbers for Bozeman start each day at 001 and the electrics may start as low as the 300s.Examples: 70108276 means the instrument was produced on Jan.The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made.