Therefore I don't present total production estimates for pre-war electric instruments at this stage of my research.When electric model production was relaunched in 1946, new ranges of SNs were applied to most models – with numbers consisting of a model-specific prefix (2–3 digits) and a serial suffix (3 digits, ascending consecutive numbers starting with 000): Unlike with the other SN systems, these new SN ranges were used concurrently, i.e.
Although these estimates are still somewhat speculative and approximate at best, they are certainly based on a much larger data sample of higher quality than that on which previous research was based.Musicians, collectors, guitar dealers, luthiers and historians who own and appreciate Epiphone instruments are invited to contribute info to the NY Epi Reg research project. At this stage, the NY Epiphone Registry focuses on acoustic and electric guitars (including Hawaiian), mandolin family instruments, and amplifiers from the late 1920s to the mid 1950s – bearing an – models that appear to bear standard Epiphone serial numbers.Every new info about an instrument that you submit to the Registry database will add to the quality and accuracy of this research – and improve the knowledge shared with you on this website. Not covered at this point are Epiphone banjos and basses which both appear to have their own serial number systems.(SN stamped on headstock.) During WW2 electric instrument production was halted. Some electric models from 1949 and all Hawaiian guitars from 1950 onwards use "special" SN systems. a run or batch of a model was assigned SNs of a consecutive number range.
(SN stamped on headstock or bridge unit.) Details see chapter 6. Epiphone acoustic instruments: Dating of serial numbers – revised SN/year charts My research has led to a slightly revised dating approach for Epiphone SNs. The subsequent SN range was then assigned to the next following production run of a different model, and so on.Note: Theoretically, such SN gaps may include a small batch of a third model.