Dating epiphone acoustic guitars
Kaohsiung Factory, Made in Taiwan, 2001-: Letter-letter-letter-######. The first two letters are the year; Q=0 and I=2, so 2002.
YMMI (Yamaha Music Manufacturing Indonesia), Made in Indonesia, 1990-1996: ########.
The second and third numbers are the month; March (03).
The third letter is the month; June (see chart above.) The first and second numbers (following the 3 letters) are the day; 18th. Made in Japan, 1984-1986: Letter-letter-letter-letter-###.
Epiphone was another successful guitar manufacturer during the first half of the 20th century.
The final four numbers are the unit number; 0013 (13).
A question I often receive goes something like this: “I have a Gibson Epiphone guitar and I’ve heard they’re worth a lot of money!
But after the hardships of World War II, illnesses and death in the Epiphone family, and severe labor issues at the Epiphone factory in the ’50s, the company found themselves falling behind.
Gibson President Ted Mc Carty, who had previously expressed interest in buying a portion of Epiphone, ended up purchasing the entire company in 1957.