Many of the newest imported guitars have a symbol on the back of the neck that looks like a garbage can with an X through it. The first thing I though when I saw it was that it must be a 2nd or blem, but that is not the case at all.
The garbage can sticker is a new requirement for the ROHS standards. Basically, what it means is that there are no hazardous materials inside of the guitar.
This is a European requirement that takes effect this year. It won't be long before it's also a US requirement. You will start seeing the garbage can symbol on a lot of products
Originally posted by mrmudcat
The CE mark is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives. The letters 'CE' are an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, French for European conformity. The CE mark must be affixed to a product if it falls under the scope of the approx. 20 so called 'New Approach' Directives. Without the CE marking, and thus without complying with the provisions of the Directives, the product may not be placed in the market or put into service in the fifteen member states of the European Union and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. However, if the product meets the provisions of the applicable European Directives, and the CE mark is affixed to a product, these countries may not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing in the market or putting into service of the product. Thus, CE marking can be regarded as the products trade passport for Europe.
The CE mark is not a quality-mark. First, it refers to the safety rather than to the quality of a product. Second, most quality markings are voluntary opposite to the CE marking, which is mandatory for the products it applies to. CE indicates conformity with mandatory European safety requirements. European conformity is certified by following clear and understandable procedures, the so-called ‘conformity assessment procedures’.