Five ply pickguard, decal logo and no epiphone "E"s on pickguard or trussrod cover makes me think this is an early version. Possibly from 1970. If anyone has more information please let me know. Bought this for $149 dollars plus tax at Ritchie's music center in Rockaway, NJ. The neck pickup was not working (hence the price) but this turned out to be an easy fix. Still missing the vibrato arm, the tone knob and vibrato cover.