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18 hours ago, iankinzel said:

What everybody else said. All the oddities/quirks/imperfections you see are standard for the era (part of the reason why I laugh whenever people talk about MIK Epis being the "golden age").

One thing I always look for is the headstock shape. I've noticed that the earlier MIKs have rounder, less defined contours on the headstock compared to today's Epis. Case in point, compare this (MIK):

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...with this (MIC):
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Sure enough, your guitar has that distinctively rounded-off MIK headstock.

Yeah mean even with the different angles you can see the difference. 

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