The American Classic Series was introduced in 1993 as a collaboration between Samick and the Valley Arts Custom Pro Shop, after Samick purchased half of Valley Arts in 1992. While the founders of Valley Arts quickly became dissatisfied with their positions at Samick and left, production continued until Gibson bought out Valley Arts in 2002.
Early 1993 models had Samick's standard Rounded headstock and no Valley Arts logo. By May 1993, the new Valley Arts headstock appeared.
All American Classic Series models were made in Incheon, Korea by Samick.
Myths: The American classic Series models were not made in the U.S.A, and did not use leftover Valley Arts parts.