The Masterbilt serialnumber system did not start with the number 1000 but with the number 5000. The serial numbers were blind stamped on the interior back under the bass f-hole, generally below but sometimes on the (oval) label, maybe even without a label like the earlier Recording and Seville models.From about 1934 forward, the serial numbers were ink typed directly on the label (Long Island label) or letter pressed on the label (rectangular Masterbilt label, Green label and Blue label).Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to its acquisition in 1957.
Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over.he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.In the 1970s, Gibson standardized the serial number system that is still in use today.This is my first electric guitar, saved up for it for a long time.I wondered if you could tell me where or when it was made, Serial number is: 10071501353 Thanks guys. Here's a guide to Epiphone serial numbers taken from Gibson's website: Most regular production models since ca. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.From 1975-1977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock, this should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows: In 1977, Gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at Gibson USA, Gibson Acoustic, and the Gibson Custom facility in Memphis, TN.The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below.ACOUSTIC GUITARS Epiphone used a serialnumber system for their acoustic guitars.Two or three digits were ink stamped on the neck block or blind stamped on the interior back of the Recording models, three digits (or four ?see pictures Quite often the serialnumber was also blind stamped (some handwritten) on the underside of the bridgefoot.Occasionally the serialnumber was handwritten on one of the braces.