i am having a hell of a time dating it and finding its value. Dear Guest: The identification is in the serial number; IC = Indonasia and the first two numbers = the year "03" or "2003".
Alnico/ceramic magnet pickups, usually in the 3x single-coil configuration with a five-way switch. Yours, judging by that photo alone, is in good shape.
Alder body, bolt-on maple neck, with either a bare maple fretboard or a rosewood fretboard. The guitar had an MSRP (back in the day) of 0, and would be worth 0 in absolutely brand new condition.
The word on the net is that they denote the fact they were sold in a kit or bundle with a cheap practice amp, cable, picks and some other material geared toward young beginners. Why would a company use a different serial number because it is sold in a bundle? Not entirely unexpected, they were in pretty poor condition and had to go.These similarities lead me to believe they are made under the same management (S=Samick), but probably two separate locations.My theory is that there is a second Samick location that produces these guitars, and to distinguish there is a different source, the letters were switched around. In a couple of instances I have noticed guitars with an orange sticker with a number, that does not conform to the standard number structure.As I recall they are 10 or 11 characters, all numerals.In the case of the Mini Strats, I have seen "IC", "IS" and "SI"."IC" are made by Cort while IS are made by Samick, both in Indonesia.The new series of guitars were given serial number starting with "ICF" - with the letter "F" for Fender.At the same time Squiers made in the same factory started getting serial numbers with "ICS" - where "S" stands for Squier to follow the same pattern.For many years I believed the first two numbers in the string of eight/nine was the year the neck was made.It seemed to make sense, especially considering the guitar above (SI02095734) where the inspection date (9/02) was written by hand on the inspection sticker.