Lots of overlap in numbers in adjacent years. Bullet Series plywood , followed by 2-digit year. This occurs when the finish dries and sinks into the open pores of the wood, leaving a finish with many dimples. They weren't managing the numbers in any way. And the first number following is the year.
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. Notice the wood grain - this is not maple. Yes, as I wrote she's made in Korea. Then it could be put into the paint production system to be painted as if it was a new guitar. Before 1977 Fender guitars hd a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate.
Looks like a Fender marking to me. Probably made by Yako Taiwan. However, the headstock appears to be misshaped and it looks like someone may have been working on the neck that wasn't highly skilled. From an established Music Shop or private sale? © 2006-2015 All rights reserved. Fender just stained all Alder bodies yellow and figured out later which ones would be custom colors. You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer. Because the number was placed on a sticker it is fairly common for the serial number to be missing.
If so, the guitar is a factory refinish, or had some other kind of factory work done. Below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by Fender as far back as 1950. This picture was taken after I installed the new tuners. They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate early '50s Strats , and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters. We highly recommend each of them.
Why would a company use a different serial number because it is sold in a bundle? Fender was a production shop that produced mostly Alder Sunburst finished bodies. So, they ordered neckplates that were supposed to have numbers above 100,000. When done, the body was moved to a drying area and left on its nail legs to dry. And it's difficult to apply metallic coats very heavily. Fullerplast is a clear, sprayed chemically curing sealer, unaffected by solvents after it dries. 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.
Not mine, but maybe become mine ;0 The S-Serial Strats Ausquier mentioned, I know. Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year N0 + 5 digits N1 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 v U. I suspect it was an Affinity with the Affinity Series sanded off, but. Then during 1955, that undercoat changed to a white seemingly the same finish used on native blond Telecasters.
I haven't been able to find with any certainty what the S stands for, as you know Special run and Standard have both been indicated, but it isn't very clear in the Wiki article and that would mean the S is used for different reasons at different times. Anyone find a good website to look up squier serial numbers? The yellow seen in the unpainted portions of a 1956 and later Alder body is actually a stain or dye applied under the sealer coat. So the location of these holes can vary. Fender serial numbers were assigned like this: 1. Anyway, if anyone has come across one of these -- as I've said I've only seen this logo on black-bodied, maple-necked Squiers -- I would love to hear about it.
The S in the serial number as far as I've heard means it is a special run. I think too much about stuff that matters not. This allowed the guitar to be stripped and sanded without losing it's ownership. I have not seen exceptions to the above specs, but would not be surprised if their were. But note, the nails were still used even after the stick.
Though examples also exist with the number on the headstock or the neck-plate in the case of certain early reissue models. No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them. From what you posted previous, I have no idea what you are talking about. One end of the pipe was beaten flat with a hammer, and attached to the body. Some may have stayed in the U.
If a Music Shop, take it back. Serial numbers without letter prefixes have been found dating through 1996; these are six-, seven- and eight-digit serial numbers with the first numeral or first two numerals in the eight-digit numbers indicating year of manufacture. For example, a serial number with N4 would be from 1994. Again, sometimes they used them and sometimes they didn't. But it took a while to manufacture and number the plates. 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. Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap in some years.