The 1st digit indicates the year of manufacture for the 4 & 5 digit serial numbers, these were used from 1989-1999.The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we’ve been using since 2000.The only difference is the addition of this batch indicator.
Dating an epiphone les paul
Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.
There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers.
The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1.
The first 5 numbers remain the same, the last 3 numbers will remain the same.
"We were able to maintain the cool retro vibe and art deco appearance of the historic tuners while improving the functionality." said Richard Akers.