This one was manufactured in December of 2013, in the Qingdao Plant. It looks fantastic in the many photos the seller posted. Like new. Beautiful, dark rosewood board. I'm not at all concerned about the pickups and electronics, as this will be an upgrade/project guitar for me. My intention is to install a set of TVJones Classics (FIlter'trons) and a new premium wiring harness, right off the bat. Probably replace the tuners, as well. I'm hoping to turn it into a quasi-Gibson/Gretsch alternative guitar. I really love the 339 size, semi-hollow design, and light weight. (I also have a wine red Gibson ES-339) The guitar hasn't arrived yet. I'm hoping that Epiphone's ES-339 production, in December of 2013, was pretty good. Is it likely to be a pretty well-made guitar? Not a steal of a price, but that's ok, I didn't want to buy a new one, as I like the older rosewood boards and this natural finish. The natural finish models are very few and far between on the market. Seller wanted $395, I offered $339, and they accepted.