Okay, YerRoyalDugliness, you have inspired me to go on a dig.
My base assumption is that decent-quality guitars are probably made at only a few factories -- look at all the brands once built by Matsumoku, Hoshino, & FujiGen. I'm impressed with some Red China builders, not the least being SinoMusic Enterprise Ltd
, & Grand Reward Education & Entertainment
GREE should be interesting to us, because it's fair certain they produce at least a few Washburn
acoustic guitars. They also build for Fender
, like the Squier Classic Vibe line.
To get myself up to speed onpossible factories, I figured Epiphone
's history would provide a good list. Turns out
about 39 prefixes & variants.http://epiphonewiki.com/index.php/Epiphone_Serial_Number_Decoding#Factory_Codes
Sure enough, there's LOTS of overlap with Washies, & the big names are there: Samick, SaeJun, Terada, Peerless, Cort, FujiGen, etc.
This thread began with a query about "FC" -- which is actually on the Epi list. In that case, as a recent-era guitar, it would possibly be Global Fine Supply
, d.b.a. OEM-Guitar
. While we might not know who the heck THAT might be, they're well-established, with a couple hundred models. Here's their acousticals --http://www.oem-guitar.com/cpzs.asp?cp=Acoustic%20Guitar
Also on the list is "N"; my X-33 has an N- prefix, & is marked MIK. Per the Epi list, N might be Fine Guitars
, which happens to be Korean (Incheon).
Until someone comes along with spomething more sane, eh?