They changed pretty much everything for the “export” market, and export to most makers means anything but US. They have a way of producing black again now so expect it to all go back to the way most of us prefer over of old esp's does not have any serial on the back of the headstock.If you are lucky you can find a serial written on pencil where the body is bolted to the neck (or in the neck also) or in the pickup cavity.The 1986 catalog pics show the new Tokai logo, need to determine if this happened earlier than 1986.Important Points Link To US Site designed and maintained by Edward Cullen.Samick branded models did not start using serials until around 1987.
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Unfortunally ESP didn't keep good records of old serial numbers.
The other indicator on Fender copies is the Tokai logo on the headstock.
At some point in time the 'T' was changed from a backwards 'F' look to a normal looking 'T'.