I hate buying guitars when I see the seller has taken the whole damn thing apart. Interested in how much your guitar is worth? These dates will tell when the original part was manufactured, but are not exact indicators of when the guitar was actually put together and finished. Assembler reached in and grabbed one or many. The man would hear none of this, he was sure he knew more about old guitars that this weird foreigner that had just walked in to his shop, on top of that, he really trusted the guy that he was selling it for. I managed to date my 1979 Fender Stratocaster via this site, , I found it extremely helpful. Most likely, this man is staining the Alder bodies yellow, a process used on Alder from 1956 and later before spraying the sunburst finish. Well, of course it is a matter of opinion.
So shooting a new custom color over a bad finish would be killing two birds with one stone. On some Telecaster guitars the serial number is found on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles. So if you use the white primer to cover the wood and make the body a consistent white color, you can use about half as much color paint for a uniform top color. Again, the serial number alone in any of these cases is not definitive and the best approach is to combine that with other methods like the neck and body dates, as well as just the features of the specific instrument. By dipping the alder bodies in a yellow stain first, instead of spraying yellow lacquer, there is one less step of lacquer to mix, spray, and dry.
General specifications, serial numbers, Fender vintage guitar cases. If your serial number has spaces between the first two numbers and the rest of the numbers, starts with a 76, or is only the number 500 refer to chart 2. Hey Sparky: My 2 cents is a guess. The neck is from 1978 which makes sense if it was put together early the following year. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. These can definitely be useful in cases where no other numbers exist, but just tell when the pot itself was made.
When I removed the terrible shielding job that was done before I could for the first time see the serial number, this body was made on a Monday in the 5th week of 1979. 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 individual component was produced, rather than the complete instrument. Fender was inconsistent in using undercoats on their custom color finishes. Look at the specs first, then you have to verify by looking at the neck and body dates. Once you have the information you need, if you're interested in selling your Fender, you can use Reverb to get it in front of the largest audience of musicians in the world Design Changes and Features Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components. Chart Number 1 — Numbers only no spaces. Maybe someone will chime in about the originality of this one.
This one is great, it has a few battle scars and the frets are a bit low but that just builds character. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year N0 + 5 digits N1 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 v U. This new system is now standard on the majority of U. Some users may find the prospect of disassembling their Fender unsettling; if so, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech for help. The new stamp was usually green ink.
Last Sunday I got to use the Stratocaster one last time when we had a gig with the. Another misconception about Fullerplast is it's color. You might be able to find a date by taking off the neck and looking at the bottom. Are they visible and free of paint? Can you post pictures of your guitar? Those make it easy to tell you what you have. Fender Serial Numbers, 1950 to Present Identifying the Year.
How to read the 1969-1971 neck stamps The neck stamps on Fenders from 1969 to 1971 can be most logically translated by reading from right to left. The volume pot has been changed at some point and the knobs are not the same as on the other two S8 Telecasters. Due to the large number of bodies and necks being painted at any one time, they had no way of keeping track of a particular guitar unless they marked it. Regards, kcbuck The previous posting by Rodd said it was a Stratocaster neck? Especially, with products or companies from China. Below are some examples of letter prefixes used in recent serial number schemes. Are they original looking and not re-soldered? This information is courtesy , republished here for your convenience. N5, or V 1995 Starts with N5, N6, or V 1996 Starts with N6, N7, or V 1997 Starts with N7, N8, or V 1998 Starts with N8.
The middle pickups wires was the other way around, the white was the ground and the black was going to the switch. Gun powder and noodles vs Beethoven, Shakespeare, telephones, telegraph and and all digital products. If you have any questions as to what Fender you're dealing with, I encourage you to seek out a local guitar shop or luthier to help figure it out. The only way to definitively date U. If I sold them i could have made more money.
You might argue that mine is an anomaly or something of that sort. April 1973 to 1980: After March 1973, Fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code. In this case the headstock and body sticker says 1978, S840573, the pots say mid-May 1979, 1377920 and the neck stamp shows 17th of August 1979, 3395. Can post pics so you can see what they are like if you want? And as to if it is a real number or not: all somebody has to do is go to guitar Center and look at the serial and copy off of it. Some may have stayed in the U.
For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Body and Neck Dates Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write a production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet. If before 1963, it should be fully painted. Stripping an existing bad finish to apply another is just too much work. The did always use Dupont's color codes and paint chips, but the paint itself came from a variety of sources, and was not always the Dupont brand. The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years. Just go to These guys are usually pretty accurate but not 100% Also, these guys are kind of hard to navigate on mobile. Now everything works perfectly and it sounds awesome, I really love this guitar.