Epiphone was Gibson's main rival in the archtop market prior to its acquisition in 1957.
Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made double basses, banjos, and other string instruments.
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This Module has been updated to work with the newer serial number formats.
The timeline is a working document and subject to corrections as new evidence material surfaces.The company, founded by the Stathopoulo family in 1873, moved from the mountains of Greece to Manhattan in the early 1900s.For the first half of the century, Epiphone was a leader in manufacturing instruments.The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported.The reason for this is that there is no reliable documentation from this time period.