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1998-Current The Yamano Gakki Epiphone Japan serial numbers from 1998 onwards are in a YMMPPP format.

After Epiphone became a subsidiary of Norlin [Gibson's Parent after 1969], many of its instruments were later patterned after the more expensive Gibson versions.However, Epiphone also maintains its own line of archtop guitars and basses.Some of these Epiphone instruments were effectively identical to the relevant Gibson versions, perhaps made with same timber, materials and components as the contemporary equivalent Gibson guitars.Epiphone also continued its production of world class archtop guitars using the same patterns and molds from Epi's New York era.As of 2012, Epiphone has ceased production of their line of amplifiers with the exception of the Player and Performance Pack practice amplifiers, available only in Epiphone's starter packages.

These Amplifiers are under the Epiphone Electar moniker.The Paul Mc Cartney Texan was produced in 2005, and in 2009, the Epiphone Historic Collection was created, beginning with the 1962 Wilshire, built by Gibson Custom.Several other models, such as the Sheraton and John Lennon Casinos, were built in Japan and assembled and finished by Gibson USA.The Valve Hot Rod is a 5 watt amp like the Valve Junior, but has a gain and reverb control.The Valve Senior offers 20 watts of power, with a full equalizer, gain, volume, reverb, and presence control.Aside from guitars, Epiphone also made double basses, banjos, and other string instruments.