Dating my epiphone sheraton
Locate the serial number on the back of the guitar's headstock (the top of the neck where the strings are attached).
The serial number will generally be nine to 10 digits long, with the first being a letter. This letter represents in which country the guitar comes from, as well as the company who manufactured it.
Due to the 88 at the front I think it might be an early sample from the company whom started manufacture in the 90's for Epiphone.
I would guess the guitar is either a copy or eipiphone had samples made by prospective suppliers in the late eighties.
Time passed and eventually Gibson bought the rights to Epiphone back in as Epiphone suffered from a tough economy after the War and the original Stathopoulos family was now out of the music game with corporate Gibson taking over the Epiphone brand!
Les Paul once stated that he never played a bad Epiphone instrument, so I think you can trust them too!
For this reason, it is not as easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it was made.
Epiphone stamps each guitar with a serial number, however, which when deciphered can tell a guitarist all he needs to know about the guitar.Cherry red finish introduced this will remain the rarest Sheraton finish throughout Gibson's production period of the s. Binding on fretboard moves to outer edges no longer inset.