Epiphone Black Beauty manufactured in 1986 or 1996?

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Hello I bought my Black Beauty in 2004 used on EBay. At the time, I didn't spend much time trying to determine when it was made. Recently I checked the serial number of "U6120281" It appears to be manufactured in Unsung Korea in December of 2006, 1996, or 1986. Since I bought it prior to 2006 it looks like it was made in either 1986 or 1996. Is there any way to determine which decade it came from? A guide that I found had ways to determine age by the pots. However the pots don't have any date codes on their backs. I suspect that it was made in 1996 but I was curious if any experts on the Forum have better ways to determine age. I am attaching a bunch of pics. Other than replacing a missing pick guard I haven't done any mods on it since buying it. Any pointers would be appreciated .. Thanks!
 

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Hello I bought my Black Beauty in 2004 used on EBay. At the time, I didn't spend much time trying to determine when it was made. Recently I checked the serial number of "U6120281" It appears to be manufactured in Unsung Korea in December of 2006, 1996, or 1986. Since I bought it prior to 2006 it looks like it was made in either 1986 or 1996. Is there any way to determine which decade it came from? A guide that I found had ways to determine age by the pots. However the pots don't have any date codes on their backs. I suspect that it was made in 1996 but I was curious if any experts on the Forum have better ways to determine age. I am attaching a bunch of pics. Other than replacing a missing pick guard I haven't done any mods on it since buying it. Any pointers would be appreciated .. Thanks!
Readily available info says the Un Sung plant was not established until 1987.
 

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OK Thanks you for the response. Looks like it was 1996 as I suspected. I apologize if there have been previous posts or FAQs on when the Unsung plant was established that I missed ...
 

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Epiphones in late 1980s had open book headstock without cut corners, similar to Gibson's. Your guitar has later type headstock, hence 1990s.
 
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