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Dating epiphone guitars serial numbers

In addition, the electronics on New York Epiphones are not as sonically good as compared to Gibson of the same period or to the later Gibson-made Epiphones. The fall of came and went with no new basses.

Jerry engraved hundreds of sets of these machines. This model does have the outer rib lining. If there are a few basses that were made by Frixo they will be a unique part of the Epiphone family legend and I would like to know more about them.

Between and the Epiphone was manufactured in Japan and the serial numbers became unreliable for dating purposes. The tail piece was usually highly flamed maple and stained to match the bass. They have a smaller body and less modern neck feel than later models, and are less collectable. Fujigen only had to take one picture of a guitar instead of one with each different brand on it. This example is on a pre-war bass and may have been experimental as I have seen no other early examples of this factory installed end pin.

Hand polishing brings out the beautiful flame of the wood. Frixo tried and failed with his upright bass business. This system is useful in helping to date and authenticate instruments. Later, a shorter neck was added. The bass in the Christmas photo appears to be a different bass then two of the three labeled Frixo basses.

Conn Company's a band instrument manufacturer Orphie got Epiphone distribution rights moved. The next location for a serial number is on the end of the fingerboard. Two of three the known Frixo basses currently reside in Ohio.

None are especially valuable, although Epiphone workmanship and playability is equivalent to Gibson of the same period. All examples are dark brown in color, have one single black pin stripe and no outer rib linings.

New York-made electric archtops are interesting but generally are not as collectable as equivalent acoustic models. The type font, character height and positioning of the serial numbers is pretty consistent. He has engraved Millions of Dollars of Jewelry and silverware.

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Bass production was supposed to be easy with no new models to develop. These serial numbers are very easy to read. The later models have the serial number stamped on the end of the fingerboard. Most hollowbody Epiphone electrics bring less than the equivalent Gibson models.

Without skilled craftsmen and without a dynamic personality in the leadership position, Epiphone was fast becoming a ghost company. It is with great pride that I can see the development of this area with a basketball arena, hotels, and a resurgent pride in the musical heritage of the great city of Memphis. Because of this, electric archtop Epiphones are much less desirable, and are worth considerably less than fully acoustic archtop models. Thus, the older Gibson guitars may have a serial number and a F O N.

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