I'm a private guitar collector interested in vintage instruments by Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gretsch, Epiphone, National, Dobro, Rickenbacker made from 1920 to 1969. Epiphone Model Numbers, 1953 to 1981. Model numbers date from Epiphone's ownership by Conn in 1953 until Gibson moved Epiphone production to Japan in 1970. (Ver. 2.0) The Fender serial number decoder currently supports all documented MIA, MIJ, MIM, MIK and MII formats with the exception of Custom Shop, Relic and Reissue instruments.Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated. GIBSON SERIALIZATION. Identifying Gibson instruments by serial number is tricky at best and downright impossible in some cases. The best methods of identifying them is by using a combination of the serial number, the factory order As I write this update it is now the Winter of 2013, seven years has passed since purchasing our first Epiphone upright bass. When we purchased our 1941 Epiphone B-1 that I affectionately named “Gunner” in September of 2006, we had no idea what brand of bass it was…the bass spoke to me. Coordinates. Gibson Brands, Inc. (formerly Gibson Guitar Corporation) is an American manufacturer of guitars, other musical instruments, and consumer and professional electronics from Kalamazoo, Michigan and now based in Nashville, Tennessee.The company was formerly known as Gibson Guitar Corporation and renamed Gibson Brands, Inc. on June 11, 2013.. Epiphone guitar history. 1. Acoustic guitars and mandolins 1928–1956, electric hollowbody instruments 1950–1956. Location of SN: inside body, on label or stamped; on archtop instruments often additionally stamped on the bottom side of the bridge base. Disclaimer. The Guitardater Project cannot verify the authenticity of ANY Guitar, this site is simply meant as a tool to satisfy the curiosity of guitar enthusiasts. The V.C. Squier Company manufactured strings for violins, banjos, and guitars.It was established in 1890 by Victor Carroll Squier in Battle Creek, Michigan.In 1965, the company was acquired by Fender.By 1975, Squier became defunct as a manufacturer and a brand name for strings, as Fender opted to market its strings under the Fender brand name. Like the GR-300, there are three versions of the G-303 and G-808 guitars, distinguished by changes to the PC board. I was contacted by a G-303 player in the States and a G-808 player in Norway both using the first run, early "prerelease" version of the guitar electronics.