Epiphone sheraton dating and information
The typically eight-digit serial numbers on Gibson guitars are stamped on the backside of the headstock.
Prior to 1984 when the Kalamazoo, MI factory was closed, the numbers 001-499 indicated Kalamazoo production.
During the 90's "SOME" Ephiphones were produced in America by Gibson and they follow Gibson serial number identification rules, for example: YDDDYNNN The first and fifth number is the year of manufacture; the second, third, and fourth would be the day of the year and the last three would be that number guitar of the day.
90023514; this guitar was built on Jan 2 (second day of the year)of 1993 at the Nashville plant (5)and it was the 14 guitar built for that day.
All “Orville” guitars were equipped with Japanese replica PAF pickups, while the “Orville by Gibson” guitars were usually equipped with authentic Gibson USAPAF ’57 Classics, and sometimes the original Bill Lawrence HB-R/HB-L or Gibson 490s.
Other than the difference in headstock logo and pickups, there are noother hidden or outward differences that I am aware of.
Axes like the Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV bass are about more than just sinister looks.