After two years, the company became known as The House of Stathopoulo.
Just after the end of World War I, the company started to make banjos.
he easiest way to find the year of manufacture of a particular Gibson guitar is to reference the instrument's serial number of factory order number.
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.
The second, third, and fourth numbers show on which day of that year the instrument was made.
The sixth number represents the location where the instrument was made, and the last two digits show the "production run" number.
Gibson Electric Guitar Book Seventy Years of Classic Guitars. 17 In 2000, Gibson sued Fernandes Guitars in a Tokyo court for allegedly copying Gibson designs.
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Epiphone provides an affordable alternative to the relatively higher priced Gibson guitars.
Epiphone guitars come in many varieties, including acoustic, electric, and acoustic-electric hybrids.
Stathopoulo moved to the United States in 1903 and continued to make his original instruments, as well as mandolins, from Long Island City in Queens, New York.
Anastasios died in 1915, and his son, Epaminondas ("Epi"), took over.
Epiphone was a family business that was created in 1873.