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.1998-Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.Y = Year of manufacture MM = Month of manufacture PPP = Production number The serial number letters used by the Terada and Fuji-Gen guitar factories are: Example: J902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: T902123 = Terada / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: F902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123Example: 902123 = Fuji-Gen / 1999 / February / unit 123 1987-1997 SEMI ACOUSTIC MODELSFor Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan from 1987 to approximately 1997, the serial numbers are in a YCPPP format.We often have a Flatiron mandolin, Collings mandolin, or a Ratliff mandolin in stock, and occasionally a Summit, Nugget, Monteleone, and even a Loar F5 has been found here. Bridge, tail piece and tuners are original with the fleur-di-lise backing plates and ivoriod buttons. If you can live with some playing wear this is a deal on a snakehead A2. Excellent for Celtic, jazz, classical, or old-time music.Perhaps a Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, or Jazzmaster is your thing. Very little playing wear - this is a clean mandolin. 7836) Excellent condition, true red sunburst finish.It plays very well but has been gigged and so does have one or two dings here and there but nothing serious.It comes in a hard case (not a Gibson case but very well made and strong).
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.
For this reason, it is not as easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it was made.
Epiphone stamps each guitar with a serial number, however, which when deciphered can tell a guitarist all he needs to know about the guitar.
It is not an original vintage from the 70s-80s, but a reissue from China.
M09011884Based on my experience decoding other guitar's serial numbers I am willing to say this is a 2009 model made in January and production # 1884.