I was just wondering where the serial number is on the Epiphone SG. I'm pretty sure is on the headstock. I have a number there but it has no letters and when i put the number into THIS site, it say its unrecognized.
The number is 08111504774
I play guitar.
I think you have the number wrong. Take a picture of the numbers and stuff for us maybe.



Most regular production models since ca. 1993. Many '80s and early '90s serial numbers may follow a similar scheme, but may not include a factory ID code.
F= Factory code (this can be 2 letters as well)
YY= year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for '90s models)
MM= month of manufacture
R= ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced)
Example - S02021234 was issued in Feb. 2002.

Another code used on some current Epiphone models
F= Factory code
YY=Year of manufacture
M= This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...)
RRRR= ranking number
Example - R03D0263 was issued in April 2003.

Epiphone Elite/Elitist models
F= Factory Code (this code will be an "F" or "T")
Y= Year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.)
SSSS= Sequential Serial Number
Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model.
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Yea i saw that on the internet..
heres a pic. crap quality, taken with a camera phone.
I play guitar.
for some reason around 2008/09 china didnt register the code system my sg code is 08121517053 i thought it was 1981 but it is acctualy 15/Dec/2008 there are so many code systems it was confusing as it doesnt start with the manifacture letter so there for it is made in china 08 i only paid $120 for it and will trick it out with EMG SRO etc and almost replace everything but it rocks as it is... almost every search shows up as Chaos Nil posted but 08 is 2008

interestingly Epiphone began in 1783

be aware all the world is a sweat shop so why pay to much
The newer, 11 digit Epi serial numbers don't work with guitardaterproject, as well as the S# used on the LP Tribute series. The 11 digit codes can be decoded:



New model codes, no letter prefix

Beginning 2008-09 models are appearing w/o a letter prefix to i.d. the factory. Based on what is reported so far, it appears that the serial code may be:
YY = year of manufacture
MM = month of manufature
FF = factory I.D.
RRRRR = ranking number
Example: 08121520333 was made in December 2008, factory 15, 2 unknown significance, 0333 unit produced

NOTE - pre 1993-94 productions also frequently omitted factory letter codes and appeared as all numbers e.g. 023849354 -- these are Asian made (Korea, Japan, Indonesia) but again the exact factory origin is not usually available from guitardater project or other sources.


For some models starting in 2008, if serial # begins w/numbers
11 = MIC sticker on a '08 Masterbuilt 500
12 = DeaWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
15 = Qingdao (China) -- electric
16 = Qingdao (China) -- acoustic
17 = China - factory unknown MIC sticker on a J160E
18 = China - factory unknown found on one 2009 model bass
20 = DaeWon or Unsung (China -- uncertainty remains as to which factory)
21 = Unsung, Korea
22 = ??? Korea (factory still unknown)
23 = ??? Indonesia (factory still unknown)
I = Indonesia (this letter has appeared as the 5th digit on two authentic new models made in Indonesia)

So 08121517053:

Qingdao factory
Unit 7053 of series
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