This Module has been updated to work with the newer serial number formats.
(formerly Gibson Guitar Corp.) is an American manufacturer of guitars, other musical instruments, and consumer and professional electronics now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins.
Under the ownership of Epaminondas ("Epi") Stathopoulo, Epiphone was a leading manufacturer of hollow-body and archtop guitars. Control of the company went to his brothers, Orphie and Frixo.
In 1951, a four-month-long strike forced a relocation of Epiphone from New York to Philadelphia.
Dont know a lot about these numbers so take that with a pinch of salt, you could try posting your question here: and goto the forum link. I would guess the guitar is either a copy or eipiphone had samples made by prospective suppliers in the late eighties.
Due to the 88 at the front I think it might be an early sample from the company whom started manufacture in the 90's for Epiphone.
The original Gibson-made Epiphone Sheratons were up until 1970, when production moved to Japan, and major design changes began to occur.
Gibson used the same body for the Sheraton as it was using for its new ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355 models.
The Sheraton-II PRO has a hand-set 5-piece laminated hard maple/walnut 24.75 in.
The Epiphone Sheraton is a thinline semi-hollow body electric guitar.
Though the Sheraton and all its variations were introduced under the ownership of the Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone is the exclusive manufacturer.
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.