I need some help to identify my guitar. It is an older Epiphnone les paul model, but I'm not sure what exact model it is. So if anyone knows it, please help me out.

Guitar Hed Guitar Badge on back of guitar

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    It’s an epiphone les Paul. Are there sub models under that? Anyway you have the serial number, I would go to the epiphone web site and see if they have a serial number lookup tool. May 25 '19 at 13:45
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    That's an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plain-Top, made in November 1995 in the Samick factory in Korea. May 25 '19 at 15:53
  • @YourUncleBob that sounds like answer, post it as such and i will upvote.
    – Neil Meyer
    Jun 5 '19 at 10:23
  • @NeilMeyer I assume this question will be closed, because it's not really useful to anyone else. I was just demonstrating that the asker could have Googled the information in a few minutes, like I did. And I don't know much about Gibsons, so I can't turn it into a comprehensive "how to id any Gibson" answer. Jun 5 '19 at 13:02
  • Not a bad question... you got downvoted because you seemingly put no effort into research before posting here... I will +1 you, at least (tomorrow because I already used all my votes today) Dec 18 '19 at 16:33

Since you have a serial number, it's quite easy to identify this guitar... With that bit of info, you can simply google "[Insert your guitar maker here] serial number decoder."

I found the below decoder (among other Epiphone decoders) on this handy Gibson forum:


F/FF = factory ID
Y/YY = year of manufacture
MM = month of manufacture
RRRR = ranking number

Example: 3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234

Example: S3021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234

Example: S93021234 = Samick Korea / 1993 / February / unit 1234

Example: SI01021234 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 1234

Example: SI010212345 = Samick Indonesia / 2001 / February / unit 12345

Note: There may be no factory designator for some 1993 and earlier models. A single digit month of manufacture may occur for some 1997 and earlier models. The ranking number may consist of any number of digits.

So, as Your Uncle Bob stated in the comments, this is an Epiphone Les Paul made in November by the Samick factory in Korea. But, it's the 128th guitar made in either 1985 or 1995... considering the note that "single digit month of manufacture may occur for some 1997 and earlier models," and that the Samick factory began manufacturing in 1984.

  • 2021. I was trying to identify another one with very similar characteristics. My problem with your conclusions is that standard Epi LP began in 1989 and are all set necks. So, this guitar was built in 1995 and is not a standard.
    – user75480
    Feb 28 '21 at 10:16

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphone_Les_Paul Standard with worn brown on top maybe and possibly maple on the back.

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