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Offline briankuprian

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need help idenitying
« on: May 05, 2017, 06:08:13 AM »
I just purchased an older kinda beat up AE20S,  I would like to know it's history, like where and when it was made the serial number 99090003. Was this instrument made in the uSA?

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Re: need help idenitying
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2017, 09:59:28 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  Your EA20 was built in 1999.  It was not built in the USA, most likely China.  Some earlier off shore production was in Korea (Samick factory), but by 1999 production had shifted to China.  The EA 20 was part of the festival series; thin bodied, electric/acoustic.  Designed for stage work.  The EA 20 was one of the better selling guitars of the festival series.

Here is some blue book skinny.

EA20 (NEWPORT/WOODSTOCK)
- thin single sharp cutaway thin body, select spruce or mahogany top, oval soundhole, bound body, three-stripe rosette, mahogany back/sides/neck, 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, matching headstock with three-per-side Grover diecast tuners, rosewood bridge with pearl dot white pins, acoustic bridge pickup, Equis electonics, available in Black, Tobacco Sunburst, White, Woodstone Blue, Woodstone Brown, or Woodstone Silver finish, mfg. mid 1980s-2000.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
N/A $400 - 475 $250 - 300
Last MSR was $1,000.
In 1992, Woodstone finishes were disc. In 1993, Natural finish was introduced. In 1994, a select spruce/mahogany top replaced regular mahogany and White finish was disc. Until 1994, this guitar was referred to as the Newport. In 1995 only, this guitar was called the Woodstock, which is not to be confused with other Woodstock models (EA40). In 1996, Equis Gold electronics replaced Equis II. In 2000, Equis Plus electronics replaced Equis Gold.

EA20 SDL
- similar to the EA20, except has a solid cedar or spruce top, abalone rosette, quilted maple back and sides, maple neck, bound 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, Natural wood headstock with three-per-side chrome tuners with ebonite buttons, rosewood bridge, Equis Chorus/B-Band electronics, Buzz Feiten Tuning System, available in Natural finish, mfg. 2001-present.
Grading 100% Excellent Average
MSR $900 $650 $400 - 475 $250 - 300
In 2002, a solid spruce top replaced the solid cedar and B-Band electronics replaced Equis.