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Early 1986 1986
Matsumoku Style Explorer
Early 1986
1st Gen. Jackson Style
1986
1986-1987 1988
2nd Gen. Jackson Style
1986-1987
Elongated Explorer Style
1988
1989-1995 1996-2005
Modern Explorer Style
1989-1995
Batwing
1996-2004

The S-Series was produced at the Samick factory in Korea starting in 1986 with the S-200 though S-900 and was ultimately discontinued in 2004. In 1999, the S-Series guitars were redesigned with the addition of an open-coil humbucker in the bridge position. The S-210 became the FAT-210 and the S-310 became the FAT-310. The FAT-210 was available in Player Packs until it was discontinued in 2004. From 1999 until 2004, the FAT-210 & FAT-310 were the only remaining S-Series guitars.

Early S-Series guitars had "Epiphone By Gibson" inlaid on a Jackson-style. pointed headstock. These headstocks were later slightly rehaped at the edges and eventually changed to resemble an elongated Explorer-style "hockey stick" headstock. The "Epiphone By Gibson" inlay was dropped in 1989 and replaced with an "Epiphone" inlay. The headstock was changed yet again to the current Explorer-style and remained that way until 1996, when it was changed to the "Batwing" design.


S-Series Headstocks:

  • Matsumoku style Explorer headstock with vintage "Epiphone" script (Early 1986)
  • 1st Generation narrow Jackson style with early "Epiphone By Gibson" logo (1986)
  • 2nd Generation wide Jackson style with later "Epiphone By Gibson" logo (1986-1987)
  • 1st Generation elongated Explorer style with "Epiphone By Gibson" logo (1988)
  • 2nd Generation modern Explorer style with modern "Epiphone" logo (1989)
  • Batwing style headstock with inlaid or printed "Epiphone" logo (1996-2004)


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Contents

Models


S-200

Epiphone S-200
1986 Epiphone S-200
  • 1986-1988
  • 2 Tech-II Series Humbucker Pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Maple Bolt-on Neck
  • Maple or Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Epiphone by Gibson Inlay on Headstock
  • Allen wrenches & holder on back of headstock
  • Black or White pickguard
  • Black or White top-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Matsumoku-style Explorer 1986
  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge

  • Standard Vintage-style non-locking tremolo
  • Optional Epiphone Bennder Vibrola with lock nut

Colors:

  • Black
  • Ivory
  • Fiesta Red



S-300

Epiphone S-300
1989-1995 Epiphone S-300
Epiphone S-300
1989-1995 Epiphone S-300
Epiphone S-300 Player Pack
Epiphone S-300 Player Pack


The S-300 was reconfigured in 1989 and became part of a starter pack. The same year, the S-310 was introduced and became the S-Series' single coil guitar in non-starter pack form. The S-300 was discontinued in 1992.
  • 1986-1995
  • 3 Single Coil Pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Maple Bolt-on Neck
  • Black or White pickguard
  • Black or White top-hat knobs
  • 1 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Pickups:

  • 3 Tech-II Series Single Coil Pickups 1986-1988
  • 3 Epiphone single coil pickups 1989-1995

Hardware:

  • Chrome or Black Hardware 1986-1988
  • Chrome Hardware 1989-1995

Headstock:

  • Matsumoku-style Explorer 1986
  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988
  • Modern Explorer style 1989-1995

Headstock Inlay:

  • Pearloid "Epiphone by Gibson" inlay on headstock 1986-1988
  • Pearloid "Epiphone" inlay on headstock 1989-1995

Bridge:

  • Vintage or Bennder Tremolo with lock nut 1986-1988
  • 2-Point Fulcrum tremolo 1989-1995

Player Pack:

Colors:

  • Black
  • Ivory
  • Fiesta Red
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Seafoam Green
  • Banana Yellow



S-210

Epiphone S-210
Epiphone S-210
  • 1996-1998
  • 3 Epiphone Single Coil Pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Maple Bolt-on Neck
  • Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Batwing Headstock
  • Vintage-Style Tremolo
  • White pickguard
  • White top-hat knobs
  • 1 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Colors:

  • Black
  • Pearl White
  • Fiesta Red
  • Vintage Sunburst



FAT-210

Epiphone FAT-210
Epiphone FAT-210
Epiphone FAT-210
Epiphone FAT-210
Epiphone FAT-210
Epiphone FAT-210 Player Pack
  • 1999-2004
  • 2 Epiphone Single Coil & 1 Epiphone Humbucker pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bolt-on Maple Neck with angled headstock
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Batwing headstock with natural Finish & silkscreened logo
  • White pickguard
  • White top-hat knobs
  • 1 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Available In Player Pack

Bridge:

  • Standard Vintage-Style non-locking Tremolo
  • Optional Schaller Floyd Rose Tremolo with locknut

Player Pack Includes:

  • Epiphone Studio-10 amplifier
  • Gig bag
  • Tuner
  • Epiphone strap
  • Instrument cable
  • PIcks
  • Instructional DVD

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Red
  • Bananna Yellow
  • Seafoam Green
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Vintage White



S-310

Epiphone S-310
1988 Epiphone S-310
Epiphone S-310
1989-1994 Epiphone S-310
Epiphone S-310
1989-1994 Epiphone S-310
Epiphone S-310
1995-1999 Epiphone S-310
  • 1988-1999
  • 3 Epiphone single coil pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or black Hardware
  • Maple Bolt-on Neck
  • Maple or Rosewood Fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-style headstock
  • Pearloid "Epiphone" inlay on headstock
  • 2-Point Fulcrum tremolo
  • Black or White pickguard
  • Black or White top-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Elongated Explorer style headstock 1988
  • Explorer style headstock 1989-1994
  • Batwing headstock 1995-1999

Colors:

  • Black
  • Pearl White
  • Fiesta Red
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Seafoam Green
  • Banana Yellow
  • Silver






S-310 Custom

Epiphone S-310 Custom
Epiphone S-310 Custom
  • 1994-1996
  • 1 Epiphone Humbucker & 2 Epiphone Single-coil pickups
  • Solid ash body
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Maple Bolt-on Neck
  • Maple Fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Explorer-style headstock
  • Pearloid "Epiphone" inlay on headstock
  • 2-Point Fulcrum tremolo
  • White pickguard
  • White top-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Natural ash finish



FAT-310

Epiphone FAT-310
Epiphone FAT-310
  • 1999-2004
  • 2 Epiphone single coil & 1 Epiphone humbucker pickups
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome hardware
  • Bolt-on vintage-yellow antiqued maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Batwing headstock with black finish & pearl logo
  • Die-cast tuners
  • White pickguard
  • White top-hat knobs
  • 1 Vol. 2 Tone controls
  • 3-way Selector Switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Bridge:

  • 2-point fulcrum tremolo
  • Optional Schaller Floyd Rose Tremolo with locknut

Colors:

  • Ebony
  • Red
  • Vintage Sunburst
  • Vintage White.



S-400

Epiphone S-400
Epiphone S-400
Epiphone S-400
Epiphone S-400
  • 1986-1988
  • Tech-II Series Pickup System
  • 2 Single Coil Pickups & One Humbucker
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard with dot inlays
  • "Epiphone by Gibson" inlaid on headstock
  • Allen keys & holder on back of headstock
  • Black or White pickup covers
  • Black or White pickguard
  • Black or White top-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 5-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Matsumoku-style Explorer 1986
  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge

  • Standard Vintage-style non-locking tremolo
  • Optional Epiphone Bennder Vibrola with lock nut

Colors:

  • White
  • Pearl White
  • Black
  • Black Metallic
  • Blue
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Red
  • Red Metallic
  • Green
  • Green Metallic



S-500

Epiphone S-500
Epiphone S-500 with Kahler Flyer
  • 1986-1988
  • Tech-II Series Pickup System
  • 2 Epiphone Single Coil Pickups & Epiphone 1 Humbucker
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin inlays
  • "Epiphone by Gibson" inlaid on headstock
  • Allen keys & holder on back of headstock
  • Gotoh-style high ratio tuners
  • Black or White pickup covers
  • Black or White pickguard
  • Black or White top-hat knobs
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 5-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Matsumoku-style Explorer 1986
  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge

  • Standard Vintage-style non-locking tremolo
  • Optional Epiphone Bennder Vibrola with lock nut
  • Optional Kahler Flyer with locknut

Colors:

  • White
  • Pearl White
  • Black
  • Black Metallic
  • Blue
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Red
  • Red Metallic
  • Green
  • Green Metallic.



S-600

Epiphone S-600
Epiphone S-600
Epiphone S-600
Epiphone S-600
  • 1986-1988
  • Tech-II Series Pickup System
  • 2 Epiphone Single Coil Pickups & Epiphone 1 Humbucker
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin inlays
  • "Epiphone by Gibson" inlaid on headstock
  • Locking Nut
  • Allen keys & holder on back of headstock
  • Gotoh-style high ratio tuners
  • No Pickguard
  • Black barrel knobs
  • Output Jack Relocated to Side of Body
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Coil Tap for Humbucker
  • 5-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge:

  • Epiphone Bennder
  • Schaller Floyd Rose
  • Steinberger KB

Colors:

  • White
  • Pearl White
  • Black
  • Black Metallic
  • Blue
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Red
  • Red Metallic
  • Green
  • Green Metallic
  • Candy Pink Metallic (Ltd Ed. 1987)



S-800

Epiphone S-800
Epiphone S-800
Epiphone S-800
Epiphone S-800
  • 1986-1988
  • Tech-II Series Pickup System
  • 2 Epiphone Single Coil Pickups & Epiphone 1 Humbucker
  • Laminated alder body
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin inlays
  • "Epiphone by Gibson" inlaid on headstock
  • Locking Nut
  • Allen keys & holder on back of headstock
  • Gotoh-style high ratio tuners
  • No Pickguard
  • Black barrel knobs
  • Output Jack Relocated to Side of Body
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Mini-toggle Killswitch for Each Pickup
  • Coil Tap for Humbucker
  • 5-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge:

  • Epiphone Bennder
  • Schaller Floyd Rose
  • Steinberger KB

Colors:

  • White
  • Pearl White
  • Black
  • Black Metallic
  • Blue
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Red
  • Red Metallic
  • Green
  • Green Metallic
  • Candy Pink Metallic (Ltd Ed. 1987)



S-900

Epiphone S-900
Epiphone S-900
Epiphone S-900
Epiphone S-900
  • 1986-1988
  • Tech-II Series Pickup System
  • 2 Epiphone Single Coil Pickups & Epiphone 1 Humbucker
  • Laminated alder body
  • Black or white body binding
  • Chrome or Black Hardware
  • Maple Neck-through Design
  • Rosewood fingerboard with sharkfin inlays
  • "Epiphone by Gibson" inlaid on headstock
  • Locking Nut
  • Allen keys & holder on back of headstock
  • Gotoh-style high ratio tuners
  • No Pickguard
  • Black barrel knobs
  • Output Jack on side of body
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • Mini-toggle Killswitch for Each Pickup
  • Coil Tap for Humbucker
  • 5-way selector switch
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Headstock:

  • Narrow Jackson style 1986
  • Thicker Jackson style 1986-1987
  • Elongated Explorer style 1988

Bridge:

  • Epiphone Bennder
  • Schaller Floyd Rose
  • Steinberger KB

Colors:

  • White
  • Pearl White
  • Black
  • Black Metallic
  • Blue
  • Light Blue Metallic
  • Red
  • Red Metallic
  • Green
  • Green Metallic
  • Candy Pink Metallic (Ltd Ed. 1987)



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