Just waiting to hear back from EBMM but I believe this to be an early '96. I also suspect it may have been refinished to match a couple of custom guitars they did for Jim Messina back in '96. If it was then someone did an outstanding job. It's pre silent circuit and the pups have been "upgraded" to a set of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Scooped. They sound great but I was always a fan of the original A2's or A3's that were in these. The neck is outstanding.