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Any idea of age of my Epiphone?

#1 User is offline   stoney07 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

I have recently purchased a Epiphone 12 string acoustic. The model number inside says FR212. I have looked everywhere for this model with no success! also the serial number is 86030217. I hope someone out there can throw some light on this! many thanks! Steve

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:08 PM

View Poststoney07, on 20 March 2017 - 03:01 PM, said:

I have recently purchased a Epiphone 12 string acoustic. The model number inside says FR212. I have looked everywhere for this model with no success! also the serial number is 86030217. I hope someone out there can throw some light on this! many thanks! Steve


Kinda weird. The label says made in Japan, but the Guitar Dater Project says it was made in Korea in 1986. In any case, both Japan and Korea are both well respected for the guitars they produced during that era. Best of luck with your new 12-string! If you have any questions about setup, playability, strings, whatever, somebody here will know the answer. Welcome to the boards, stoney!
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:04 PM

View PostCougar, on 20 March 2017 - 06:08 PM, said:

Kinda weird. The label says made in Japan, but the Guitar Dater Project says it was made in Korea in 1986. In any case, both Japan and Korea are both well respected for the guitars they produced during that era. Best of luck with your new 12-string! If you have any questions about setup, playability, strings, whatever, somebody here will know the answer. Welcome to the boards, stoney!


Guitar Dater also says they don't support Japanese serial numbers from the 70's and 80's because of lack of documentation. I wonder if these are maybe JDM guitars that made it outside of Japan?
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:23 PM

Dunno manufacture date but probably made after 1970. Not much help.

HOW DOES IT SOUND? THE HECK WHERE AND WHEN. HOW IS THE CONDITION? tAKE SOME MORE PICS. i'D LOVE TO SEE AN EPI 12 STRING.
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