Dont know a lot about these numbers so take that with a pinch of salt, you could try posting your question here: and goto the forum link. I would guess the guitar is either a copy or eipiphone had samples made by prospective suppliers in the late eighties.Due to the 88 at the front I think it might be an early sample from the company whom started manufacture in the 90's for Epiphone.There is one extra digit to many to show it as being in the Gibson series. Do the numbers 88 and the last number 5 on your guitar label have a bolder appearance? It's been almost 3 years since my original post and I'd forgotten all about this! They have productive capability 50,000 of Electric Guitars and basses a year.My guitar is a beautiful natural maple front and sides with a big lump of pinkish wood inside and sounds absolutely great. Thanks to all who responded and I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. For those who want to date their guitars, check this site out: carl_ejay - This is the info from the site regarding the serial number you quoted: Guitar Info Your guitar was made at the Unsung Plant, Korea May 1996 Production Number: 1385 Un Sung Musical Instrument Co. Not only do they produce guitars for several well known brands by OEM but also have their own line 'Silver Star'. Website - Hi guys, I am new to this forum I bought an Epiphone Dot today, it's really pretty and plays wonderful.However, in the beginning this was not done consistently, so that there are also be instruments without identification.Where to find the serial number The serial number is stamped or punched on the back of the headstock.
(G = Gibson, K = Kalamazoo, W = Recording King (Montgomery Wards).Clean cosmetic condition displaying some typical finish checking. A nice clean Byrdland displaying limited play wear.Original five ply pickguard included but original celluloid underside plastic supports have started to deteriorate. The flame on this guitar is very attractive and really dances in the light.One of the most highly flamed Gibson's you will ever see. Rare 1948 double pickup ES-300, Blonde Finish, Master Tone knob, Kluson tuners, 17 inch body, and Bigsby added in the 1960s.Included is the original hardshell case and Hang tag with matching serial number. Flamed Maple back and sides, Solid Spruce Top, Venetian Cutaway, Rare Blonde Finish, Gold Hardware, NO Volute and Tortoiseshell pickguard.It'll show you the date and factory where it was made.The Guitar Dater Project - Gibson Serial Number Decoder Anecdotally, it shows the correct year and factory for my gibsons.If follows there is a third letter E, it stands for Electric.Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.Factory Order Numbers (FON) with a letter from 1935 to 1941.FON consists a batch number of usually four digits, followed by a one letter (sometimes prefixed by a space) followed by one or two digits (ranking).