Epiphone Model Number Decoding

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Model Number Decoding


Letters preceding model number:

  • A - Acoustic Archtop (Vintage)
  • AJ - Advanced Jumbo
  • B - Upright Bass (Vintage)
  • BG - Blugrass Series Mandolins
  • BV - Bass Violin (Vintage)
  • C - Classical
  • DR - Dreadnought
  • E - Electric Archtop (Vintage)
  • EA - Electric Archtop (1970's)
  • EB - Electric Bass
  • EB - Epiphone Banjo (1960's - 1970's)
  • EC - Epiphone Classical
  • EF - Epiphone Fingerstyle (Masterbilt)
  • EJ - Epiphone Jumbo
  • EM (acoustic) - Epiphone Montana
  • EM (bluegrass) - Epiphone mandolin
  • EM (electric) - Epiphone Mark
  • EN - Epiphone Nylon (Classical)
  • EO - Epiphone Orville
  • ET - Epiphone ? Solid Body (1970's)
  • FT - Flattop
  • G - (Guitar) SG Body
  • J - Jumbo
  • LP - Les Paul
  • MA - Mandolin Acoustic (vintage)
  • MB - "Masterbuilt" Banjo
  • ME - Mandolin Electric(vintage)
  • MM - "Masterbuilt" Mandolin
  • NO or NV - Nova Series (1970's)
  • NV - Nouveau Acoutic (1990's)
  • PR - Presentation
  • S - (S-Body) "Strat" style Body
  • SB - Solid Body
  • SC - Scroll
  • SG - Solid Guitar
  • SJ - Super Jumbo
  • SJ - Southern Jumbo (Montana Series)
  • T - (T-Body) "Tele" style Body
  • TB - Tenor or Travel Banjo

"Epi" Series

  • A - (Acoustic) Folk Body
  • B - Banjo
  • C - Classical
  • D - Dreadnought
  • EC - Epiphone Classical
  • ED - Epiphone Dreadnought
  • ES - Electric Solid Body
  • ES - Electric Spanish (Archtop)


Amplifiers:

  • AR - Acoustic Regent
  • EA - Epiphone Amplifier
  • EP - Epiphone Standard Series
  • AMP - Amplifier




Letters Following model number:

Instruments:

  • C - Cutaway
  • D - (Double) 2 Pickups
  • E - Electric
  • L or LH - Left Handed
  • T - Thinline
  • T - Tenor
  • V - Vibrato
  • MV - Maestro Vibrato


Bass Guitars: (1960's)

  • S - Single Pickup
  • D or DL - (Deluxe/Double) 2 Pickups
  • F - Fuzz Tone Effect

Acoustic Guitars: (Modern)

  • A - Ash Body
  • A - Non-electric (Masterbilt models only)
  • AE - Acoustic/Electric
  • S - Solid Top
  • C - Cutaway
  • C - Cedar Top (non-cutaway
  • CC - Cedar Top Cutaway
  • E - Electric
  • M - Mahogany Body
  • R or RW - Rosewood Body
  • P - Maple Body
  • BL - Maple Body
  • SM - Solid Mahogany Body
  • SR - Solid Rosewood Body
  • SO - Solid Ovankol Body

Amplifiers:

  • B - Bass Amplifier
  • C - Chorus
  • H - Head Unit
  • L - Jim Lansing Speaker
  • P - Professional
  • R - Reverb
  • S - Slim Line
  • SC - Stereo Chorus
  • T - Tremolo
  • V - Vibrato


Hardware:

  • BB - Black Bennder
  • BH - Black Hardware
  • CH - Chrome Hardware
  • CT - Chrome Tremolo
  • FR - Lic. Floyd Rose Tremolo
  • GH - Gold Hardware
  • KT - Non-Locking FR Tremolo



Modern Color Codes:

  • AA - Appetite Amber
  • AB - Arctic Blue
  • AC - Aged Cherry
  • AI - Antique Ivory
  • AL - Airstream Aluminum
  • AN - Antique Natural
  • AM - Amber
  • AP - Aged Pelham
  • AQ - Aqua Blue
  • AR - Annihilation Red
  • AS - Antique Sunburst
  • ASB - Antique Sunburst
  • AT - Aged Tiger
  • AW - Alpine White
  • BC - Black Cherry
  • BB - Blueburst
  • BB - Brownburst
  • BF - Blue Flake
  • BG - Bullion Gold
  • BK - Black or Blackburst
  • BL - Blue
  • BM - Black Metal Flake/Metallic
  • BP - Black Pearl
  • BR - Brown
  • BS - Silverburst
  • BU - Bourbon Burst
  • BZ - Buzzsaw
  • CB - Chicago Blue
  • CB - Cremona Burst
  • CB - Candy Apple Blue
  • CH - Cherry
  • CM - Camoflauge
  • CP - Candy Apple Purple
  • CR - Candy Apple Red
  • CS - Cherry Sunburst
  • DB - Desertburst
  • DG - Dark Gray
  • DL - Dirty Lemon
  • DS - Dark Sunburst
  • EB - Ebony
  • EBK - Black
  • EG - Emerald Green
  • FB - Fireburst
  • FB - Frost Blue
  • FC - Faded Cherry Burst
  • FC - French Cream
  • FR - Fiesta Red
  • FR - Ferrari Red
  • FT - Faded Iced Tea
  • GF - Gold Flake
  • HB - Honey Burst
  • HD - Heritage Darkburst
  • HS - Heritage Cherry Sunburst
  • IB - Ice Blue
  • IC - Iron Cross
  • IT - Iced Tea
  • JW - Jackpot White
  • KO - Korina
  • LB - Lake Placid Blue
  • LM - Lemon Yellow
  • LN - Lennon Natural
  • MA - Mahogany
  • MB - Metallic Black
  • MB - Metallic Blue
  • MMB - Metallic Midnight Blue
  • ME - Midnight Ebony
  • MG - Metallic Gold
  • ML - Metallic Light Blue
  • MP - Metallic Purple
  • MR - Red Brown Mahogany
  • MS - Midnight Sapphire
  • MW - Metallic White
  • NA - Natural
  • NO - Natural Oil
  • NS - Natural Satin
  • NY - Nuclear Yellow
  • OR - Sunrise Orange
  • PB - Plain or Pitch Black
  • PE - Pelham Blue
  • PW - Pearl White
  • QB - Trans Aqua
  • RB - Rootbeer
  • RC - Royal Cherry
  • RE - Red
  • RF - Red Flake
  • RM - Red Metallic
  • RO - Royal Olive
  • RR - Red Royale
  • RR - Rosso Red
  • RR - Roulette Red
  • RT - Royal Tan
  • SA - Satin Amber
  • SB - Brown Sunburst
  • SG - Seafoam Green
  • SF - Silver Flake
  • SM - Silver Metal Flake/Metallic
  • SR - Sacrificial Red
  • TA - Trans Amber
  • TB - Trans Black
  • TE - TV Pelham Blue
  • TG - Trans Green
  • TK - Takburst
  • TL - Trans Blue
  • TM - Tomato Red
  • TP - Trans Purple
  • TQ - Turquoise
  • TR - Trans Red
  • TS - Tobacco Sunburst
  • TS - TV Silver
  • TS - Tobacco Burst
  • TV - TV Yellow
  • TW - Trans White
  • UJ - Union Jack
  • VA - Vintage Amber
  • VB - Violinburst
  • VC - Vintage Cherryburst
  • VCSB - Vintage Cherry Sunburst
  • VN - Vintage Natural
  • VS - Vintage Sunburst
  • VW - Vintage White
  • VW - Virgin White
  • WB - Worn Brown
  • WC - Worn Cherry
  • WH - White
  • WK - Worn Black
  • WL - Walnut
  • WAL - Walnut
  • WR - Wine Red
  • WS - Worn Vintage Sunburst


Chameleon Colors:

  • BG - Blue/Green
  • BS - Bronze/Salmon
  • SL - Silver/Lime


Note: The "S" suffix at the end of a three-letter color code typically denotes a satin finish'
Example: AQ = Aqua Blue - AQS = Aqua Blue Satin

Satin finish suffixes are not listed on the page.



Vintage Color Codes:

  • 1 - Blonde Finish (Pre-Gibson)
  • 2 - Shaded Finish (Pre-Gibson)
  • B - Blonde Finish
  • N - Natural Finish
  • S - Shaded Finish



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