I just received my left handed A200CE and discovered it is (I think) actually an AS200CE. The dealer had told me: "it is the IRISH Built Gold Series of this model.." and had sent me a link to look at an AS100CE. When I called the shop, the dealer (owner) was at NAMM and unreachable (and will be until Friday). He may not be able to answer all of my questions anyway ( I am sorry to be such a pest, by the way, and deeply appreciate the help JB has already given, as well as the great comments from others!)...
When I asked for the serial number over the phone, I was given A00965. (In earlier posts, I thought the serial # was A00996, oops!)
He also told me the label said clearly "Gold Series".
I then got a brief email from the dealer himself telling me it was definately made in Ireland.
In looking around this forum, I read:
(JB Sept 2004)
"The Gold models will have something like A00785 on the block and the same on the label.
These numbers are issued in sequence as the guitars are made so in theory there can be 2 guitars out there, one with L00395 and one with A00395 .... one Legacy, one Gold.
As for the Silver the Korean's have their own system for serials. It's fairly simple to, infact quite logical .... a Silver guitar will have a serial like 0410395 this is infact 04 10 395 ...... yes ... now you see it ..."
It's the Year - Month - and number of guitar made in that given month."
But the Gold Series label in the guitar clearly says: AS200CE serial #A00965. And there is no serial number anywhere else on the instrument that I can find, and the block is blank!
The tuners are silver, the fingerboard is very dark and looks to be ebony, and it was offered in a gig bag (I ordered a hard case).
Also, it says nowhere on the guitar where it was made, although a hang tag in the case says it was made in Korea.
So what is it? It seems to be both or neither Gold nor Silver. Is the rosewood laminated or solid? Is this one of the 5 lefty 200CE's made in Ireland? If so, can you give me the details about what is in this guitar?
I wondered how on earth I could get an LH Gold 200CE for $799 with a case and shipping...
Thanks again for your help.