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For Amercian gear, I'd agree with the 1950-60s definition. Take Epiphone for example, you have the Before Gibson and the Kalamazoo era Epiphones. From 1970 on, they were made in Japan, then sometime after 1985, they were made in Korea. The pre Gibson and Kalamzoo Epis are Vintage. The Japanese are not, unless you throw them in with other Japanese makers like Tokai, Greco, Burny, etc. Anything made before 1985 is considered vintage in terms of Japanese guitars, the law suit guitars for example.

I have a 70s Epi Riviera. Definitely not vintage by Amercian definition, but is it by the Japanese one?? Just a thought.

Fender Amps is another example. Anything built before the CBS era, But then they did continue to build the black face amps until 1967 unchanged. So anything from the 1968 silver face era on is not vintage in my eyes. Though I've heard that the Rivera era amps are killers (82-86?), but that's another topic.
 

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Would my guitar be considered Vintage???

Epiphone Riviera, MIJ, circa 1978. It still has the sticker inside - Epiphone, Division of Gibson Inc. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3613454

I know that Gibson had these guitars made in Japan, where they later made the Orvilles and Orville by Gibson for the Japanese Market and the the current Elitist line.
 
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