The year of manufacture for SE guitars can be determined by the letter prefix prior to the sequence of numbers that follow.
The 1 or 2 digits before the hyphen show the month (1=Jan, 12=Dec.) The first digit after hyphen shows the last digit of year.
They offer incredible sound, craftsmanship and durability for a long lasting instrument that will age well as long as you own and take care of the instrument and at just about any budget level.
Also, you will want to make sure to select the best size and finish that will appeal to the person who will be plalying one of these great guitars.
If you have been around long enough to read about quality acoustic guitar manufacturing practices, you will learn that some great instruments come out of Canada.
Larrivee is a top, high end brand that creates magnificent instruments for several thousand dollars a piece (I own a Larrivee), but you don't have to pay thousands of dollars to get a fine, quality, hand-crafted Canadian guitar that literally sings.
You will not experience any diminishment in quality from any Seagull Acoustic Guitar.(Video Overview direct from Seagull Guitar Company)You can expect to pay between 0 and 00 for a Seagull Artist Guitar depending on the model you choose.