How can I find out what year my Epiphone MM-30/AS was made? Also what is the difference between it an the Epiphone MM-30/SA models of today?
Originally posted by Mandodennis
The mm-30 has been in the market for quite some time. It has been a decent long running choice as a beginner's mandolin. Of course Epiphone can claim DNA ancestry through marriage to the Gibsons in the 1950's. So the mm-30 can claim it is descended from the original Gibson A model mandolins.
As for the age of your mandolin, do a Google search on "Epiphone guitar mandolin serial numbers". There are a few websites and forums where they explain how the numbers are coded. That should tell you a couple of things. It will indicate when it was made for one. And it should tell you where it was made.
Epiphone's Gibson-esque mandolins have been made in a lot of places from Kalamazoo to Qingdao. Between those they were made in Japan, Korea and Indonesia. The current factory is in Qingdao, China AFAIK.
As for the differences between the model number designations, I cannot really say personally. The mm-30as designation usually means "antique sunburst". The mm-30s just meant "sunburst" the "SA" might indicate "sunburst A model" or something to that effect.
It is safe to say that everytime production has moved to a new factory there have been changes to materials and workmanship. But the overall design has substantially remained the same.
Hope that helps you out a little bit.
Edited by - Mandodennis on 01/30/2022 09:00:28
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