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In mid-2009, the prefix was changed to “ICF” on some instruments, indicating that they were made in Indonesia at the Cort factory were Fender-branded.

Both the “IC” and “ICF” prefixes are followed by an eight-digit number, with the first two digits designating the year of manufacture, (i.e., , , etc.).

Playing it is just effortless, and the tone just oozes out of the thing.

Other differences: '91 has real MOP inlays, 1 piece MANN trem, small neck heel, better tuners, better pots.

Be that as it may, the '91 is the superior guitar in terms of playability, hands down.

It just has a soul, a feel, an ingredient I just can't quantify, that the '98 didn't have.

If I don't like it, I'm sure I can sell it and make money off of it. Les Pauls and most Gibsons have that thick, soulful tone. Given that they look simply beautiful (which in my view is a secondary factor), what is it about them that justifies the price? The whole thing just feels more finely carved, whereas the '98 felt thick and clunky.

H2H H2H It would be interesting to have your comparison of LP vs Parker vs PRS. I forked over good bucks for my existing guitars, but the prices of the PRS's are astronomical! The alder body has a tone that is absolutely indescribable! I'm sure this is the due to the implementation of CNC machines in '95.

Maybe I should simply shut up and play one and form my own opinion. When mine was assembled, the luthier accidentaly put one dot on edge of the 12 fret, then removed it and filled it with black, and then put two like normal. I hope they get played on very bright stages with people sitting really close.If I played a PRS, would I automatically come to some realization that I've been selling myself short for the past twenty years? Does Carlos carry that much influence (didn't see everyone running around buying SG's and Yamaha's during his earlier stages)? In fact, the '91 has a flub: the tiny fret dots along the upper edge of the neck are messed up.With production growing rapidly by 1980, the serial numbers had gotten about two to three years ahead. Bolt-neck guitars are less precise for the usual reasons.For example, a bass guitar that is documented to have been purchased (not necessarily made) in 1980, bore the serial number #82595. The serial number is stamped on a neck plate, and like every other company, when the guitar was being finished, someone grabbed a plate out of the box and put it on in no particular, precise or documented order.