The article featured seperate photos of each of these guitars. Mark talked about the recording of Money for nothing in the This is a custom made Les Paul Standard reissue.Click here for a photo of the Les Paul Standard from 1959. This guitar was built for Mark by Gibson Custom Shop with his birthdate as the serial number (12th August 1949).Gibson has used various methods of numbering from 1900, so it is not simply based on the serial number to identify the year of manufacture..From 1902 to 1976, Gibson instruments have a serial number or a FON (Factory Order Number) or both.For old guitars we can only know the exact data reading the ESP warranty card (when there is), or unscrewing the neck (if the neck is bolt on) and read under it becuse probably theres the data write on pencil).I keep record of this data in order to try to deduce other correspondences.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.
It can also be heart on the albums Sailing to Philadelphia, Shangri-La, Kill to get crimson, Get lucky and Privateering. The Japanese magazine The guitar featured a great article in 2001 listing all of Mark Knopfler's guitars which he used on the Sailing to Philadelphia tour 2001.
However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.
Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.
The numbers appear as the 5th and sixth digits in the serial number.]11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt12 = Dea Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass20 = Dae Won or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)21 = Unsung, Korea22 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown, probably Samick,)I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia ANOTHER CODES: FYYMRRRR F = factory code (See "Factory number code" above) YY = year of manufacture M = This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...).
You can figure it out by yourself (when and where your guitars were made). Anyway, I'll be glad to help those who can't "read" their serial numbers properly, but it might take time to reply. (Cari, Epiphone Les Paul Custom Facebook Group administrator. YYMMFF12345 YY year MM month FF factory-code12345 production# FACTORY NUMBER CODES -- for some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers[NOTE: The factories identified by these codes are based on patterns which forum members have observed.
Domenic : Due to the overwhelming amount of comments on this blog i cannot answer all the questions although id love to .