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i received it with the bridge off and neck needing badly a reset. can only see it in the right light and i'll post a few pics of that.the top was pretty much a rollercoaster rolling up and down, so i had the idea of taking the back off and X-bracing it. there is a smudge of a hint of what used to be possibly on the back of the headstock. i found someone on the AGF who had one just like mine and his had a Bruno stamp on the headstock. i've emailed every vintage guitar guru i could think of and still no one has yet to point the finger and say exactly what it is. i've been told the rosette and purfling is quite fancy for being on a mahogany back/sides.Now we are looking for a letter and a number above the jack. For example a A0= a January, 1987 manufacture date and C2= March 1989 manufacture date.The Epiphone serial number decoder currently supports 12 serial number formats from 25 factories. In the most straightforward of cases the luthier will write his/her name, the date of manufacture and even who the guitar was made for on a label smack in the middle of the sound hole like this: Now we start getting into more serious surgery.On a number of brands such as Fender and Standel a date is written either on the base of the neck or on the guitar body where the neck joins.While you may have a wonderful set of wood, we go to great lengths to source the highest quality materials for our instruments and prefer to build with our own wood.
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In most cases you can only get a ball park range for your production date.
One method of determining if your Epiphone guitar was made by.
i reshaped the bracing and used them again for tone bars and finger bars. it was unbelievable the difference in weight between the 100 yr old spruce braces compared to the new. The statements and opinions expressed in the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum are solely those of the individuals posting the same and are not those of C. Martin & Co., The Martin Guitar Company, the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum, its administrators, moderators, agents and other voluntary staff, its supporters, financial or otherwise, or its members, guests or other contributors.
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Finding the definitive date or year of manufacture is not always going to be possible but this guide will give you a few tips to help you narrow it down.