Their values will be quite variable. The photo is my Fender Korea Cort built 1993 Tele, so you can see the serial number configuration. I couldn't even find a reference to those on that site. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number. Maybe others will chime in about this point and the manufacturing date.
Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. Please contact us if there is some issue with listing content or photos, which we will be happy to revise or remove accordingly. On the other hand, i find these guides to be useful as just that. Hit the jump to see just how old that guitar or bass really is. Finding your serial number on your Fender should be very easy.
You might be able to find the date by taking off the neck and checking the bottom. And, if you know, tell me the serial number of Custom Shop. Even when they changed owners, they still used the same methods and tools as well. Some may have stayed in the U. The 87' E7 and E10 models built by Young Chang. Jack I'm not at all clear what guitar you are looking at.
I've gotten immediate verification when doing this. Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters shared a serial number sequence, while the landmark Precision Bass had its own system. My friend wants to sell it but i´m afraid of what it is? Mar 27, 2013 Fender Custom Shop 'Proof. As seen in the overlap of numbers and years, even these references to actual production dates are rather loose. The best way to differentiate a Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt guitar from a Teambuilt is to check the logo stamp behind the headstock. Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little if at all throughout the lifetime of the model.
In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument see image. © 2006-2015 All rights reserved. All 3 have the custom shop logo on the rear of the headstock. If it further matches the specs below. What you have could be worth a fortune! Korean models with an all black headstock logo with always be thin plywood body.
I'm buying a 2006 Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster Pro Closet Classic and the seller emailed me the certificate of authenticity that identifies the guitar with a 4 digits serial number, there's no letters before it. There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet. A Masterbuilt will always include the builder's signature with the logo. Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year. I think that the R numbers are unique to the Time Machine range, but this is Fender, so who knows? The bottom photo Image C , shows the relic'd finish wear on the Fessler Masterbuilt Gold Sparkle models.
The pickups buzz a little, but all the original ones do. It is a thrill to buy a cheap guitar and have it sound much better than expectations. Similarly, take a look at for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar. Unlike the M2, S9, S10, E7, E9 and E10 models these guitars came with a satin finished neck instead of the old style gloss finish. I'm specifically looking at the 1963 Stratocaster. If you have a Fender in your hands, you can use this guide to precisely date your Fender instrument all the way back to 1950. These make rather nice mod platforms, as they are basically a ProTone with cheap parts and an alder body instead of an ash body.
I'm sure that this has probably been discussed here, but I couldn't find anything in my thread search or on Fender's Custom Shop website so. This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out. The back of the headstock does have the Fender Custom Shop logo, as does the back plate. Hello, I saw a nice strat the other day. Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster Serial Numbers.
Sell Your Gear on Reverb Made in Mexico Fender Serials Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico in the late '80s and instruments started coming off the line in 1990. As we are helping to promote those listings and sellers, we usually do not include additional photo credits besides a current seller link. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built. Just do your research, get all the info and contact Fender Support for cross verification. Serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments. Chart Number 1 — Numbers only no spaces. Sometimes Custom Shop continues a Masterbuilt model series with a Teambuilt version.
For years, serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body. Like you say it is just a guide but as it's on the fender website people accept it at face value. As this information was not from Fender I don't put a lot of stock in it. It's easy to do when there's no finish on the neck. Fender Custom shop has such a bad customer service that they don's have that information on line. Either that, or it's a hell of a thick ply on top.