Again, sometimes they used them and sometimes they didn't. The custom color spraying process wasn't different from sunbursting till after the sealer step. Generally speaking, the more yellowed the clear coat, the less desirable the guitar. Using Fender Guitar Serial Numbers to determine the date of manufacture. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information for helping to either establish the vintage of your guitar or bass or for just learning more about Fender history in general.Next
Fender Serial Numbers, 1950 to 2007 Identifying the Year. This new scheme is now used on the majority of Fender instruments made in Mexico, with certain exceptions. If anyone knows, please tell me. Below is a list of date formats and how they were marked on the neck-butts: 1950-1954: Hand-written below the truss rod adjustment at the butt end of the neck. That's something the country kids can all relate to.
Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. This new scheme is now used on the majority of U. This allowed the guitar to be stripped and sanded without losing it's ownership. I've seen this on instruments as early as 1959, and as late as 1966. If Fender had the time to use undercoat, they did. So what other strats are made in mexico besides the standard? This simplified the production process, and made Fender quick to react to market demands for Sunburst or custom colored bodies. During 1954 and some of 1955, Fender used a silver metallic undercoat beneath their custom colors.Next
Regards, kcbuck The previous posting by Rodd said it was a Stratocaster neck? We highly recommend each of them. The sealer allowed any color coat be it sunburst or a custom color to not soak into the wood. Esquires, Broadcasters, Telecasters 1950 to 1954 number on bridgeplate. I believe this was a mistake on Fender's part using the same prefix for both U. Fender was using up their neckplates with numbers under 100,000. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap amoung years. Fender Serial Numbers, 1950 to Present Identifying the Year.
Therefore some guitars will still be original, even if they don't pass all the following specs. Anyway I've since wanted to find out its history and was wondering whether anyone had heard of this kind of thing before? Why are there no decals on the headstock - can you see whether someone has removed them in the past and revarnished? So shooting a new custom color over a bad finish would be killing two birds with one stone. Reference Materials to Help Date Your Guitar If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments. Fender was a production shop that produced mostly Alder Sunburst finished bodies. If a private sale, kick the guys a-s-s. The sealers Fender used including Fullerplast was clear, not yellow. I contacted Fender to find out the exact date it was manufactured and they responded with the date and a bunch of other information.Next
First half of 1959: No markings for a period after a customer complained about an obscenity written on the neck butt. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass and other models. I have the Fall 92, 93 and 94 Frontlines. I think I bought it in 1998 and the next two digits are 07 so I presume it was made in 1997. According to interviews with George Fullerton, the idea of standardizing custom colors came about in 1958 even though the first color chart wasn't available till 1960.Next
It's nice to have this in one place, for everyone to benefit from. You can imagine that it might have been cheaper to have the serial numbers added to the decals rather than have them machined. To stop this, a pore filler consisting of fine sand mixed in a thick solution is brushed or sprayed on the bare wood. Try and identify the original color. The Nail Holes and the Paint Stick. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. That is why the red and yellow now looks much different on late 1964 and later Fenders.Next
Ymel, kcbuck is correct that this is a serial number for a 2003 or 2004, if genuine. Ha, yeah the pictures aren't the best. One end of the pipe was beaten flat with a hammer, and attached to the body. There are a number of possible locations for the serial number on a Fender guitar. Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan Sunghan , S was already taken by Samick so Saehan Sunghan used V instead Saehan Sunghan made the Vester guitars. This article deals only with U. You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer.Next
Hi everyone, This is my first post. This new system is now standard on the majority of U. Other Fender Serial Number Schemes. It seems that people just loved to remove the decals on those for some daft reason. If the paint is thick, then the finish is not original even on original Fenders with multiple finishes, the film thickness is still very thin. This means spraying the color coats is easier and the coats can be applied thinner saving material, money and dry time.Next