I know it's kinda weird for me to bump this, I have the exact same guitar. The neck issue is actually on mine too, so I think all of them must have had it. Mine says Sheraton after Epiphone on the label inside. This thing plays like a dream. Can anyone try and figure out how old mine might be? (We have the exact same one) Thanks a lot UPDATE: My tag says: Style: (blank) Epiphone: FT270-BL Model: Sheraton Epiphone Company Kalamazoo, Michigan. Made in Japan. Hmm... We've got similar ones. These things are amazing whatever they are.