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    yeah, or that Bernie.
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that period of time when they were making guitars in both places at the same time is when the "Made In U.S.A." labels came about. Not specifying a specific location they could be used in either factory. Then when they ran out and made the new labels, that's when the "Made in Westerly, R.I." labels happened after Hoboken was closed for good. At least, I think that's how it happened.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by davismanLV View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that period of time when they were making guitars in both places at the same time is when the "Made In U.S.A." labels came about. Not specifying a specific location they could be used in either factory. Then when they ran out and made the new labels, that's when the "Made in Westerly, R.I." labels happened after Hoboken was closed for good. At least, I think that's how it happened.....
    No, they definitely put Hoboken labels on Westerlys, then I think the "Made in USA" labels were used for a while.
    hmmm... best I can find on short notice is Gardman's post #13 in this thread:
    http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...=correct+label
    Also confirmed by Hans' post #11 in this thread:
    http://www.letstalkguild.com/ltg/sho...ght=made+label

    Hey I'm getting my facts refreshed, myself, here.
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    OK, OK, so maybe I don't have the last Hoboken flat top, but there's a chance I have the last label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedzep View Post
    OK, OK, so maybe I don't have the last Hoboken flat top, but there's a chance I have the last label.
    LOVE it.
    I can actually relate because when I bought my F65ce it had a tag on it that said "Last of The Westerlys". (And yes at the time I thought that might enhance future value although I never buy a guitar for that purpose. It was just a rationalization to help justify the purchase)
    In my naievete at the time, I took it literally.
    It took a couple of years and an email to Fender to figure out they meant "The Last Westerly in Our Store".

    I do know now that I have the next-to-the-last F65ce they (and Hans) has a record of, and that it was shipped in December of '01, so it's from pretty damn close to the end, at least.

    I found out later for example, after being here for a while, that the very last guitar built in Westerly was an Artist Award completed in August '01 "IIRC", and that although the doors were "officially" closed and production had been shut down, they were obviously still shipping finished inventory all the way into December of '01.
    Corona had already begun building electrics in '01 as well, so there may be parallels there to the Hoboken-Westerly transition.
    The main difference appears to be that they didn't use leftover Westerly labels in Corona.
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    All bought new!

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    I turned my buddy on to a locally listed blue F-65CE, he scored it for $450.00, I'm still looking for that self-butt-kicking emoji. Oh yeah, I was broke at the time...

    I'll have to check his serial number and see when it was produced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadnut View Post
    I turned my buddy on to a locally listed blue F-65CE, he scored it for $450.00, I'm still looking for that self-butt-kicking emoji. Oh yeah, I was broke at the time...

    I'll have to check his serial number and see when it was produced.
    Last F65ce was AF651258.
    I'm guessing it passed inspection about the same time mine did, 10/26/01.
    They had heelblock date stamps up through '97 too, I think, I just can't remember when they stopped but I think it was '98 or '99.
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    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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