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Epiphone Pr-715-N

45stars's picture

Several years ago someone gave me an Epiphone PR-715-N, serial number 97805. The man who gave the guitar to me said that it was "very nice". I don't play it and want to sell it but I have searched everywhere and cannot find any info on this model. I was thinking of getting it appraised... could anyone tell me if this model is a cheapie or if it is worth my time and effort to have it checked out. Thanks!

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brian's picture

You have a 12 string right?

You have a 12 string right?

brian's picture

This one is a vintage

This one is a vintage sunburst your is Natural hence the letter N in the model number

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Just wondering if the serial

Just wondering if the serial number is stamped on the back of the headstock at the top? And does it say made in Kalamazoo Michigan (USA) or Made in Japan?

My thoughts are it's made in Japan but not sure.

Guitar101's picture

According to some of the

According to some of the serial numbers I looked at it's around a 1963. Post 1977 or 1978 Epiphone has the same serial number id as Gibson the 1st and 5th number is the year, but with the 5 digit and not 6 digit it's hard to tell.

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Guitar101's picture

I almost forgot here's some

I almost forgot here's some Gibson/Epiphone references:

Gibson Serial Number Information

http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/GibsonSERIALNUMBERS.pdf

Gibson Electric Guitar Descriptions from the Blue Book of Guitars

http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/GibsonElectrics.pdf

Gibson Acoustic Guitar Descriptions from the Blue Book of Guitars

http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/GibsonAcoustics.pdf

Epiphone Serial Number Information

http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/EPIPHONESERIALNUMBERS.pdf

Epiphone Electric Guitar Descriptions from the Blue Book of Guitars
http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/EpiphoneElectrics.pdf

Epiphone Acoustic Guitar Descriptions from the Blue Book of Guitars
http://www.gibson.com/downloads/bluebook/EpiphoneAcoustics.pdf

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45stars's picture

brian - The serial number is

brian - The serial number is not stamped into the back of the headstock. The tag on the inside says Kalamazoo Michigan but in the corner the tag also says Made in Japan. It is a 6 string. I don't think my acoustic is like what is pictured in your photo, although I couldn't say for sure without seeing closer detail etc. The rosette on mine is much fancier and there is a stripe (looks almost like a feather pattern, brown and white alternating) that goes all around the perimeter on the guitar's top and down the center on the back also.

Guitar101- I have checked out those links before, but thanks all the same. I did not see the PR-715 listed though.

I realize without seeing condition one can't really say for sure, but could someone possibly give me a ballpark figure for how much I should try and sell it for?

Guitar101's picture

I would contact Epiphone on

I would contact Epiphone on this matter. Looking through there history I see no reference to this model #. I seen your post in the Epi forums. Contact them via phone.

$400-$500 is a good price but I wouldn't sell it until you know what you got.

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Rooster's picture

I'm basing this on the "Blue

I'm basing this on the "Blue Book Of Acoustic Guitars". It states that It was built in the mid '80s and at best is worth $225. The book is not specific on the exact date that it was built till.

I didn't check the serial number because that eara of Epiphone is hard to find, as many of you guys know. If a pic of the guitar in question was posted we all could give a better estimate. More things you could check for would be what the label says. ie: where is it made (Japan/korea), Is is it made by Norlin?

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I would never sell a guitar

I would never sell a guitar for a price someone wrote in a bluebook.

Have they played the guitar

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I do agree that most times a

I do agree that most times a blue book under estimates. I was just simply relaying info that I have access to. I would use this as a general guide line though. You can sell anything for what the market will bare. If you can get $500 for it, more power to you. However, I think that would be a rip-off even without seeing it or playing it.

If it's made in Japan and completely void of any problems, Then I personally would have no problem selling it for around $300-350.

Just keep in mind that it is just an Epiphone. Just because they are owned by Gibson, doesn't mean that it is a high quality guitar. The Norlin era was not a proud time for Epiphone. If memory serves, they were a Fertilizer company...

Have they Played the Guitar?

My guess is that if anybody played the guitar you would be hard pressed selling it for the price you quoted unless it has had a LOT of work done to it. The only thing that I can think of that sells lower-end Epiphones, is the Gibson name on the truss rod cover, and the low price tag.

Sell it for what you want, you wouldn't be the only person over selling guitars. Buyer beware I guess...