badbluesplayer, on 12 September 2013 - 06:31 AM, said:
Oh yeah. Wow. That's weird. The new ones must be 2 piece. They do look kind of cheesy.
That's odd! I picked up a new '59 RI Vintage Sunburst VOS ES330 yesterday, Serial Number T10821. It really is a killer guitar - but that is just a 'BTW'. From what I am seeing both the back and the front are made from a single piece. Yes, I know it's a single piece of plywood, but you know what I mean.
Whether the fingerboard is laminated Rosewood or one piece, I do not know, and 'No', I am not tearing the thing apart to find out.
One thing I have seen - and only from photos in some cases, is that whilst my guitar has no Serial Number on the back of the headstock, and no paper label visible when looking down either of the f-holes, it does have the Serial Number stamped in ink on the inside of the back, and is clearly seen by viewing from the f-hole on the high string side. I believe this is correct for the original '59 guitar.
There is no actual date on my COA, but I am assuming that since the guitar only arrived at my dealership quite recently, that this is indeed a 2013 model.
Regardless, this is truly an extremely beautiful guitar, and is one that I will treasure.