I bought this from the original owner as a Japanese Export model and, having investigated the history of Casino production, I believe the seven digit serial number and 'Brown Label' on this model date it to the Japanese Matsumoku factory circa July 1983. The bridge replacement is a custom-made Catswhisker humbucker in a Dogear format which retains a thick, P90 single-coil tone when tapped.I've also been told (by the guitar tech that re-wired the guitar) that the pots and truss rod are consistent with Japanese models of the period. The neck pickup is a 50s Filtertron-style, TV Jones Classic mounted in a TV Jones EM3 Dogear mount.The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made.The sixth number represents the location where the instrument was made, and the last two digits show the "production run" number.The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.The first and the fifth number combined show the year that the instrument was made.We have a HUGE library of templates dating back over thirty years, so if you dont see your model that doesnt mean we dont make it, it just means youll have to call 800-449-9348 ext.
He’d taken in a guitar on trade-a semi-hollow electric Epiphone was as much as he could tell me-and he needed help figuring out exactly what it was.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.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.WD offers many more Epiphone pickguards than shown here.