The next six digits are the unit identifier. During that year he would also create his first guitar to sport the now famous F logo. Hi everyone, Can you please help me out, im searching for hours, but cant find info thats sure. These guitars are actually American and Mexican. Later popularity in the alt-rock scene has led to a high level of interest among collectors.
Note: Unfortunately, some models are not able to be dated due to the serial numbers being made for Fender production and not specifically meant to be for the customer for dating. In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument see image. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. I took possession on the first building for our operations on May 1 of that year and we did have a couple of weeks setting it up! To the end of 1962, Fender would spray the front of a guitar body first as it laid on top of a turntable. Also Desert Sand was also sometimes used as an undercoat. Imperfections can easily be sanded out with sandpaper. What is the film thickness of the finish? For some of these models, you can find the date by taking off the neck entirely and reading the bottom portion.
Note the following number could be off as much as two years. Chart Number 2 — First two digits followed by a space and then the rest of the digits, starts with 76 or is only the number 500. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Fender Starcaster A line of student guitars. Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. One end of the pipe was beaten flat with a hammer, and attached to the body.
If you support what we do and appreciate the free information that we provide to then please consider purchasing through our links. Sell Your Gear If you have an instrument you're looking to sell, you can make a listing on Reverb by going to Listing on Reverb is free and we only charge a small fee if and when your item sells through our site. Hence you only see the yellow stain used for the first step in the Sunbursting process under the stick. Does the color make sense for the period? Depending on their production schedules, often the necks and bodies are not even used in the order they were made. Now, if you want to check your work you can always get a recommendation from an appraiser, and I highly suggest you do this if you think your guitar is worth a lot of money or might be signed by a famous musician or is notable for another reason.
Fullerplast is a clear, sprayed chemically curing sealer, unaffected by solvents after it dries. Ask someone what a Strat is and they might be light on details. Since it was used for Alder Sunburst bodies, sometimes you don't see it on custom color finishes. Dating the guitar via serial numbers is of key importance. After all, if the shop was really in a hurry it can just spray the color coat right over the Alder without any preparation paint if need be.
The Fender quality was readily apparent. Bodies and necks were stamped the day they were put into the paint prep process, and they were usually shipped back to Fender within a month of that date, and off to dealers within a month of that would be my guess. Teles and Strat must be unsoldered to be re-painted. History of the Fender brand The Fender brand began with the work of an inventor named. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. I don't have the axe in front of me I'll have to double check.
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. Double stamped serial number plates were also produced number on both front and back of the neck plate in late 1957 to early 1959. Therefore most custom color bodies have a yellow stained body too. The neck plate serial is R0033.
Starts with H, I, or K Serial numbers located on the front of the headstock. It finally gained large scale popularity in the 80s and 90s among the punk and alt-rock scene. The Nail Holes and the Paint Stick. Serial numbers are applied to the necks when they are made, not when they are assembled onto a body. This information is courtesy , republished here for your convenience. Anyone find a good website to look up squier serial numbers? If you think about how Fender builds guitars their process makes it pretty difficult to have a full date code embedded in the serial number like a Gibson or Gresch.
The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. Thanks once again sir, you have been very helpful. This new whitish-yellow bleeds through the translucent red making it more orangish. Fullerplast soaks into the wood and creates a seal that prevents following coats from soaking into the wood like a sponge. Collectors value instruments based on a number of factors.
Even when they changed owners, they still used the same methods and tools as well. Leo ran a small electronics repair shop. The chart below shows Fender serial numbers from 1965 to 1976. 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. And often, they didn't even clear coat the color.