Of course not to say that there isn't a special edition out there.The gold hardware is more of a goldtone, and comes off easily, but don't sweat that.Epiphone Elite/Elitist models FYSSSS F = factory code (this code will be an "F" or "T") Y = year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.) SSSS = sequential ranking number Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model made at the Terada factory, production rank 1234th unit.FACTORY LETTER CODES For Epiphone serial numbers that begin with a letter(s), this list identifies the factory (& country) where produced: B Bohêmia Musico-Delicia (Czech Republic) BW ____?
where made -- the factory code #s identified so far are shown in red print below RRRRR = remaining digits = ranking number -- example 08121520333 was made in December 2008, factory 15, 2 unknown significance, 0333 unit produced [NOTE - pre 1993-94 productions also frequently omitted factory letter codes and appeared as all numbers e.g. Guitardater doesn't recognize the serial# system Epiphone is using since mid 2008 ! Chinese made guitars with F 31xxxx like the "1959" model or the 1960/2010 tribute models don't work either, or are falsely rated as Fuji Gen, Japan made instuments. of your 1993 or most later models Epiphone either: 1.Use the "keys" and factory letter/number identifiers below -- note that for guitars made prior to 1993, the serial # assigned does not reveal the date or factory where made -- or you can, 2.Features classic semi-hollowbody design with dual humbuckers and 3-way pickup selector that delivers everything from growling snarls to sweet, singing sustain.Equipped with 2 volume and 2 tone controls that let you tailor your tones to fit your style, and a silky smooth, lightning-fast 22-fret rosewood fingerboard.A couple of months ago, I received a call from a friend who runs a drum shop in Southern Illinois.