Epiphone USA Collection John Lennon Signature '68 Casino

The serial number will be an 8 digit number impressed into the back of the headstock with "MADE IN USA" below. The pattern is as follows: YDDDYRRR YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year RRR is the factory ranking/plant designation number. Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production. Ranking numbers 500-999 continued The serial number is 328393 (they all have the same serial) and she's #1574 of 1965 on the label inside the sound hole. Here's the details -- In November 1997, a team of engineers from Epiphone and Gibson visited "The Dakota" in Manhattan to examine John's Epiphone Casino. Limited edition of 1965 total units produced alongside a '65 replica in Sunburst. Frequently confused for the later "Inspired By" Lennon model, but can be differentiated by the inner serial number card (which indicates the model's number out of 1965), and a plain back of the headstock. The Epiphone John Lennon 1965 Casino Electric Guitar has a heritage as fascinating as the man whose name it bears. In 1966, Stamped with John's original serial number and an individually hand-numbered label inside; Oversize original-style headstock; Nickel-plated, "dog-eared" P-90 pickup covers with original pole spacing ; Switchcraft 3-way toggle with old-style black washer; Nickel Gotoh The John Lennon Revolution Casino is a reproduction of this stripped guitar as it remains today, featuring one coat of lacquer, gold Grover tuners, and the pickguard removed. A combined total of 1,965 of these individually hand-numbered, historic guitars have been produced, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each goes to the BMI Foundation for the John Lennon Scholarship Fund which I checked a web site for Epiphone serial number dating, and found that this Casino is either a '66 or a '69. With some additional research, I find that the cherry finish wasn't made available on the Casino until 1969, which is also their last year of USA production. So my BEST GUESS is that this is indeed a 1969 model. OK, so it was built three or four years later - but still the built in the I'm also fairly sure that with the Lennon Casino guitars the last four digits are sequential serial numbers. However, i also realise these are a real limited edition with only 1965 produced. Again I can't find confirmation of the Ltd status of the EJ-160E, although as you say it is still being produced, so perhaps not very limited. In 2003, Gibson, the owner of Epiphone, allied with Lennon’s estate to build 1,965 replicas of Lennon’s stripped down ‘Revolution’ Casino. These were built until 2006, and as this is number 1803 of 1965 – close to the end of the run – we are placing its production date as 2006. Serial Number Search; How To Buy A Guitar; Customer Service; Tech Tips; Schematics and Manuals; News-Lifestyle. Share - News-Lifestyle Features. A Look at Gibson’s John Lennon Les Paul Junior. The Making of a Legend’s Legendary Guitar. Joe Bosso | 08.01.2007 "I can make a guitar speak. I can make it howl and move. I was rhythm guitarist. It's an important job.” – – John Lennon The Epiphone John Lennon Revolution Casino was built between 2003 and 2006, as a limited run of 1965 guitars, to commemorate John Lennon’s 1965 Casino serial number 328393 in its stripped-down form. Originally appearing in 1961 as a sister model to the Gibson ES-330, the Epiphone Casino model ES-230TD is very similar to its sister model, the Gibson ES-330TD; the TD in both model designations

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