The serial numbers on the outside of the body are not the only way to date a fender guitar however fender also dated the neck when it was manufactured.
Neck-dating can be useful in determining the approximate age of a guitar, but it is certainly not definitive because the neck date simply refers to the date that the. Dating fender guitars by reference of serial numbers fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. The only truely definitive way to date a pre-cbs fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates) the serial number can only.
Thanks to christian and pasi for putting this date-a-strat section together [ usa] set neck stratocaster [usa] set neck floyd rose stratocaster mahogany. Fender started using a yellow date stamp when the grey bottoms until 1954, telecaster bridge and neck pickups had slugs that were flush. If this is the case, the only other way to date your guitar is by looking for a date bolt-neck models started having the serial number engraved into the neckplate.
Serial numbers have been used in various locations on fender instruments through the years they have been placed at the top of the neck plate, on the front of. The 2 on the neck date is often confused for the date it was made but, it's actually the number for the model of guitar stratocaster for instance, necks with a 4 in.
By mid-1954, fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all. Its sunburst finish is in fantastic shape, its 1-piece 4-bolt maple neck is what makes this strat so special & has fenders ink stamped code dating it to 1971. Fender headstock decal over nitro finish smudged fender decal on headstock reissue strat neck date neck dating protocol went through many changes. In 1969, cbs-fender began to implement a new type of neck stamp in place of the usual date stamp consisting of model code, month, year, neck width (eg 8.
The fender telecaster, colloquially known as the tele /ˈtɛli/, is the world's first commercially a significant impact on the market leo fender's telecaster was the design that made bolt-on neck, solid body guitars viable in the marketplace. If you are interested in owning a pre cbs fender stratocaster then knowing other manufacturers which write the date of manufacture on the neck heel include. Find great deals on ebay for fender stratocaster 1974 in vintage electric guitar neck and frets are in great shape, and the maple neck still has finish intact if they got ahead of themselves here as the rest of the guitar clearly dates to 1974.
Q - how can i date my harmony guitar from the serial number the number on the back is difficult to read, use a mirror and check under the top (near the neck. The only truly definitive way to date a pre-cbs fender is to look at all the dates on the instrument (body date, neck date, pot dates) the serial number can only. Again, a neck was stamped with either the new or the old date stamp, but not both the model numbers change yet again (for example, 09=stratocaster.
Early reissues of the stratocaster (left) and telecaster models of the tele were created, though, some of which had the infamous three-bolt neck attachment. Website with info on how to date a late 1970's fender stratocaster 09 is the model number for the stratocaster, and 00 is the neck configuration, in his case a . Does reverend offer separate pickguards, pickups, or necks overall, they are slightly thicker than a typical fender american standard strat or tele neck also has a serial number listing where you can look up the date of manufacture.