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Stamped Used/Factory 2nds

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by erik_ghoulet, May 8, 2010.

  1. Forgive me if this is a stupid question...

    Is there a standard place for a "Factory 2nd" or "Used" stamp? I think any I've seen have been on the back of the headstock. I'm interested about Epiphone specifically but curious about other manufacturers as well.
  2. Must be a really stupid question...
  3. Well its standard practice to place them on the back of the headstock you cant really put them on a body or back of the neck , it would look horrible on the front so i think its just standard to place them on the back
  4. I have an Epi Casino I bought new several years ago as a blem and it has either "2nd" or "factory 2nd" stamped into the back of the headtock right at the top. Great guitar (Korean), I've had a lot of "real" guitar players use it in sessions and offer to buy it for a lot more than I paid for it. As to if this is standard for Epi or not I have no idea.
  5. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    To be honest, the only time I've seen factory seconds that were actually stamped were gibsons, and they were on the back of the headstock.
  6. I've seen "2nd" and "Used" on the back of the headstock for Epis and occasionally a Fender. These are sold through a (Nashville?) company, and the ones I've seen also bear a new serial number.
    The Fenders I've seen (imports only) have been spotless and, I'm told by the merchant, are overstock pieces rather than blemished items. The Epis run the gamut from virtually mint to really rough, with repaired headstocks and other ugly knocks.
  7. Thanks for the replies. The reason I asked is an employee at a local store quoted me a pretty good price on a new Epi Casady Bass. I didn't recall seeing any stamp on the headstock, wanted to be sure it wasn't to good to be true...

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