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Below are random tidbits that may help you date yours.1980 - 1992First recorded serial numbers for guitars and bass by year: YEAR / GUITAR / BASS1980 G000530 B0005181981 G003122 B0019171982 G009886 B0085251983 G011654 B0103821984 G013273 B0142661985 G014690 B0161081986 G017325 B0176911987 G020241 B0180631988 G023725 B0196271989 G024983 0201061990 G026344 B0217881991 G027163 B0230131992 G029962 B024288GF and BC prefixes were used for the George Fullerton Signature Model and the Broadcaster, respectively.
If you see a seven digit serial number on the back of a Dean guitar, you can be sure that it was produced in United States.
Dean's more affordable line made outside the US will indicate the country of manufacture, but production year requires looking at features and hardware and some knowledge of the line.
Epiphone Below appear some of the serial schemes that an Epiphone serial can use. YYMMFFRRRRRYY = year of manufacture MM = month of manufature FF = factory IDRRRRR = ranking number Example: 08121520333 = 2008 / December / factory 15 / unit 20333Note: Models from 2008 and onwards omit the factory ID letter prefix.
Pre-1994 productions also frequently omit the factory letter codes and appeared as all digits, e.g.