So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number.
Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. CY appears on most models produced in China, and is by far the most common form.
The facility recently began the manufacture of a small number of acoustic pianos, which will be sold under the Knabe brand.
Some other Samick-built guitars are sold under Squier, Epiphone, Washburn, Hohner, Silvertone, and other brands.
Knabe & Co., Kohler & Campbell, and Gebrüder Schulze; and it has digital piano brands of Kohler, Samick Digital, and Symphonia. From 2003 to 2009 Samick was associated with German C. In addition, Bechstein and Samick have a joint venture factory in Shanghai, China.
Samick recently announced the discontinuation of the Sohmer & Co. In 2004, Samick gained controlling interest in competitor Young Chang, but an anti-trust rulings in the U. In October 2008, Samick announced its purchase of Seiler, another German piano company, that is generally agreed to compete with Bechstein at both price point and overall quality.
There were also some KV (Korean Saehan(Sunghan)) serial numbers followed by 2-digit year.
The KC and KV forms are apparently associated with the change to Crafted in Korea.
Founded 1958, it is one of the world's largest musical instrument manufacturers and an owner of shares in several musical instrument manufacturing companies.
Coincidentally, Samick had a relationship with Matsumoku dating back to the 1970s, where they were tutored by the Japanese manufacturer, so they were a fitting new home for Vantage.
Samick kept the classic Avenger X (and later reissued the AV), while re-creating the VLP Spirit as the DL, and the VSH as the 635V.
USA Squiers: USA Squires are very rare and usually have a E serial number and were made for less than a year spanning 19.
Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan(Sunghan), S was already taken by Samick so Saehan(Sunghan) used V instead (Saehan(Sunghan) made the Vester guitars). The second character refers to the decade: N represents Nineties (1990's). So, for example "CN6" = made by Cort in 1996 and "VN6" = made by Saehan(Sunghan) in 1996.
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