Epiphone serial number sticker help

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  1. Scootermuppet

    Scootermuppet Active Member

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know when epiphone stopped using serial number stickers?

    Just trying to work out the year of manufacture of an SG G-400 that apparently had a sticker originally, but was subsequently removed?

    Narrowed it down to 1996-early 2000's so far (from hardware etc)

    Thanks in advance,

    Bob
     
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    Best I can gather is that they started phasing out the stickers in the early 90s, but they can be on some later models as well - particularly if they're factory seconds or blemished models. I would assume it's probably also dependent on the factory - I know Samick used them a lot, but I don't think anything from the more modern Quingdao plant uses stickers... It seems to be a bit random. But chances are, it's pre-'92, and almost certainly pre-'96. There's always the off-chance it could be later, though.
     
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    Thanks Clifdawg, might make a nice modding platform if I can get it at the right price. Build quality should be OK seeing as it's probably Korean. My '89 310 still has its sticker intact luckily!

    Bob
     
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    hey..

    just an info

    my 2006 g400 has that typical glued on epiphone serial sticker...
    and all epis i ve seen still have that till nowadays.
    (as you wrote, maybe yours has been removed)

    cheap way though to keep a serial on an electric guitar,
    could be wiped away easily.
    (maybe stamps are some too expensive costs in manufacturing...:D )
     
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    Interesting. Apparently they made the switch in '07.
    Headstock-alone.jpg
    That's not a sticker.
     
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    hey raiyn..

    you´re right..
    maybe i should have said
    "glued on" numbers/letters...

    seems to me they are not stamped,
    just poor thin layers...

    ???


    (look like yours , but in black letters)
     
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    Mine is a '06 G400. ^it looks like Raiyn's^
     
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    Epi did not use serial# stickers on solidbodies later than ~92/93


    except of Refurbs
    [​IMG]
     
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    Well then, there you have it!
     
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    Thanks all, actually, I don't have it.... Lost the auction for the guitar - budget obviously not up to the task :(

    Ahhh well, on to the next auction - started looking at Les Paul 's too, that should double my chances :smile:
     
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    Not a fan of LP's, big ol' logs.
     
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    Have a soft spot (no, not my head...) my first electric guitar was a 70's Les Paul copy....

    Swore then I'd own a Gibson one day, and I will. Whether I'll enjoy it more than an Epiphone remains to be seen, and I can always sell it and buy 3new Epi's :D
     
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    Different strokes for different folks. I also dislike the Stratocaster, preferring Tele's and offsets from the Fender line instead.
     
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    Never played a Tele...

    Guess I should try if I get the chance?
     
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    Nothing wrong with sampling....
     
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    Very true :cool:
     
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    I love a good Tele. Don't own one anymore, but one day a long time from now when my wife okays another axe I think I'll spring for a Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster - every time I see one, I pick it up and wish it was mine... :thumb:
     
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    I'm lucky enough SWMBO OK'd my new (excessively backordered) amp.......I feel your pain
     
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