I've owned a gold topped Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass since 1998, and play it every night. I was looking at some websites of dealers who sell JC basses when I noticed photos of the back of the headstocks that had stickers stating that they were made in China as opposed to Korea, where mine was made. So be it. If the Q.C. is good all is good. But, the new basses appeared to have backs and necks that are closer in color and finish to the original Gibson Les Paul Signature basses, from which the JC was derived. The coloring and finish on the back of my 1998 is very dark. Can anyone ,who has actually seen the China made and Korea made basses, comment on this? Do the newest ones show the wood grain more? And does anybody know when the wine red colored 20th Anniversary JC basses will actually see the light of day?