Use the "keys" and factory letter/number identifiers below -- note that for guitars made prior to 1993, the serial # assigned does not reveal the date or factory where made -- or you can, 2.
use the guitar dater project ---disclaimer: the guitardater project does not keep serial # log files of Epiphone products, it is simply a decoder program that uses the same codes keys as below to decifer the number entered by a user and as such it cannot verify the authenticity of any Epiphone guitar link to the --- four serial # code keys YYMMFFRRRRR -- new model codes, no letter prefix Beginning 2008-09 models are appearing w/o a letter prefix to i.d. Based on what is reported so far, it appears that the serial code may be: YY = first two digits = year of manufacture MM = second two digits = month of manufature FF = third two digits = factory i.d.
Is there any site or database that can help with that sorta' thing? Mexican Squiers: M stands for Mexico, the second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "MN8" = made by Fender at Ensenada Mexico in 1998.
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They started out making instruments that were partially or completely made of laminate, but your model represents a time when they were trying to compete in the high end all solid wood market. Properly set up I should think with that combination of wood it should sound great.
Values are comparatively low because of the Korean manufacture. In fact build quality of yours is probably quite high. As to value, I have seen this exact model for around 500 dollars.
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