How to Identify Gibson Epiphone Guitars

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How to Identify Gibson Epiphone Guitars
Identifying a true Epiphone can help protect your investment (S Dunn/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Epiphone is a line of guitars manufactured by Gibson Guitars. While traditionally considered to be Gibson's economy line of guitars, there are several highly regarded Ephiphone guitar models, and some are used by professional musicians. As there are many guitar manufacturers, several of which produce copies of Ephiphone guitars, identifying an Epiphone by Gibson guitar to ensure its authenticity can prevent a guitar buyer from buying a cheaply made knock-off.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look at the headstock to find the Epiphone symbol. The headstock is the top part of a guitar where the string pegs hold the strings into place. Epiphone uses a unique symbol that is painted onto the headstocks of all their guitars. Some guitar models will also have the word "Epiphone" painted onto the headstock.

  2. 2

    Find the serial number of the guitar and write it down. The serial number is usually inside the body of an acoustic guitar and on the back of a solid-body electric guitar. The number is usually printed on a sticker that also has the model name and other information printed on it.

  3. 3

    Enter the serial number into an online guitar authenticator website. See the reference section for a link to a site that has access to Ephiphone's database of all their manufactured guitars. If the serial number you entered is listed on Epiphone's database, the guitar is an authentic Epiphone.

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