Epiphone began in 1873, in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey), where Greek founder Anastasios Stathopoulos made his own fiddles and lutes (oud, laouto).Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York.FACTORY LETTER CODES For Epiphone serial numbers that begin with a letter(s), this list identifies the factory (& country) where produced: B Bohêmia Musico-Delicia (Czech Republic) BW ____?____ (China) DW Dae Won (China) EA Qing Dao (China) = Epiphone Acoustic ED is from their Epiphone Dongbei factory. EE Qing Dao (China) = Epiphone Electric F Fujigen (Japan) = Elite/Elitist models F/FN Fine Guitars (Korea) = non-Elite/Elitist models GG (two identified -- Epiphone says it has no record of using GG -- may have slipped through system or are 3rds) I Saein (Korea) J Indonesia (Jakarta ?My guitar is a beautiful natural maple front and sides with a big lump of pinkish wood inside and sounds absolutely great. Thanks to all who responded and I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. For those who want to date their guitars, check this site out: carl_ejay - This is the info from the site regarding the serial number you quoted: Guitar Info Your guitar was made at the Unsung Plant, Korea May 1996 Production Number: 1385 Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. Not only do they produce guitars for several well known brands by OEM but also have their own line 'Silver Star'. Website - Hi guys, I am new to this forum I bought an Epiphone Dot today, it's really pretty and plays wonderful.
However, the company's weakness in the aftermath of World War II allowed Gibson's parent, CMI, to absorb it.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.Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos. The serial number is 880509595 and it's located on a stick-on strip on the back of the headstock.