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And the estimates will keep getting more precise as the database of documented SN/model pairs is growing. SNs of Epiphone electric stringed instruments Epiphone used several different SN systems for their electric stringed instruments over the years (see Fig. From 1936 to 1942, all electric instruments appear to be numbered with ascending SNs representing a chronology of production – similar to the SN for acoustic instruments (SN systems A B).The documented SNs start around SN 25 and end with SN 7219.5 are ballpark figures and do not claim to be exact. if total production of a model was likely in the dozens, in the hundreds, or in the thousands. Examples of model production estimates Below some examples of estimates for certain models/production periods. 5 provides a summary of Epiphone's stringed instrument production totals 1931–1956 (SN systems A B – i.e.without pre-1950 electric instruments, amplifiers, acoustic banjos, and basses These are just examples.Therefore I don't present total production estimates for pre-war electric instruments at this stage of my research.When electric model production was relaunched in 1946, new ranges of SNs were applied to most models – with numbers consisting of a model-specific prefix (2–3 digits) and a serial suffix (3 digits, ascending consecutive numbers starting with 000): Unlike with the other SN systems, these new SN ranges were used concurrently, i.e.An exception (and not included in this figure) is the Zephyr Hawaiian model which carried on where the pre-war SN system C had left off, starting around SN 7307 in 1946 and ending around SN 7908 in 1949 – approx. Note that it is uncertain if this SN range was shared with pre-war amplifiers (see note above).
Documented examples of the new Kent Hawaiian show "special" SNs in the 75 to 171 range (stamped on headstock).
reflecting the timeline of production only within each model.
This system allows for pretty precise estimates of production figures per model in this period: the highest (known) SN suffix of a model indicating the total number produced – summing up to an estimated total of 2160 units.
Note: Theoretically, such SN gaps may include a small batch of a third model.
Note: These extrapolated totals in the right column of Fig.However all missing numbers between the lowest and highest documented SNs of an assumed model batch can be "interpolated" i.e.