All specs are consistent with a 1972-1974 production date.
The lawyers at Gibson started to get restless, and young guitar players like myself were also getting restless…
Some of the guitars advertised as Strings and Things models have different serial number formats, one-piece necks vs.
three-piece necks, different bridges, narrow or wide binding in the cutaway, etc.
By this time, many guitar manufacturers from the Far East had 10 years experience under their belts, and the improvement in quality began to shine through.
Univox, Kawai, Silvertone and Domino were starting to deliver guitars that – from a price / quality point of view – were beginning to eat into the markets that Fender and Gibson dominated.