Epiphone les paul serial dating
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.
What MIRC does as a indicator of their work is they have a particular imprint stamp (two sizes noted as of 2010) that is hammer stamped into the back of every headstock on each instrument that goes through the MIRC reclamation process.This guitar, known as "The Log", was later shown to Gibson executives, who initially passed on the idea of building them, but they changed their mind within a couple of years and the Les Paul Model guitar as we know it today was first released in 1952.These early "gold top" models were later joined by the black Les Paul Customs, and then the sunburst "Standards" of the late 1950s.Today, Gibson primarily uses the Epiphone brand as their high value, lower priced overseas-built alternative to their top tier Gibson USA models.
All Epiphone models sold in the United States are subjected to a 15 point inspection process, and are "set up" in the USA by trained Gibson employees at their Nashville facility.
Several Epiphone Les Paul models are very close to the classic Gibson models upon which they are based, while other models are designed with different features to keep the entry price low for students and budget-minded players.