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A few years later, Epaminondas opens a factory where mainly banjos were made.
In 1924 he registered the brand name Epiphone, a combination of his own name (Epi) with the Greek word for sound (phone).
There is one extra digit to many to show it as being in the Gibson series. Do the numbers 88 and the last number 5 on your guitar label have a bolder appearance? It's been almost 3 years since my original post and I'd forgotten all about this! They have productive capability 50,000 of Electric Guitars and basses a year.
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.
Under his management the company grows to one of the biggest of its kind.Epiphone has been competing with Gibson for some time and with the introduction of the Epiphone Emperorin 1935, dealt a serious blow.Epiphone introduced the Electar series in 1937, an electric guitar with an adjustable pickup. Hope this helps, kcbuck My method for the serial number decoding was per the Blue Book of Electric Guitars....It think I'll switch to this method, which is easier. Thanks for the information, kcbuck nuscus, There has been a schism in the time/space continuum, and your guitar fell thru.
Anastasios Stathopoulos born in 1863, was a Greek luthier who started a mandolin and violin company in 1873 in Pellana, Greece. As luthier he started a year later a company that mainly produced mandolins.