Here is all of the information on this Tele. 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. The sealers Fender used including Fullerplast was clear, not yellow. Example: a Music Master with serial number 595121 and the code 49002153. This will get you in the ballpark as far as age is concerned but Fender serials have always been a bit hit and miss and dating a guitar is as much an art as a science.
One end of the pipe was beaten flat with a hammer, and attached to the body. Post a picture of the guitar here and I'm sure that between us we'll be able to work out exactly what you have. If Fender had the time to use undercoat, they did. And it's difficult to apply metallic coats very heavily. Again, usually the pastel colors like Dakota Red and Black often didn't use any undercoat. Since several models can share one chassis type for example, the early brown 5G7 Bandmaster, 5G5 Pro and 5G12 Concert , this kind of interpretation is inaccurate.
Then it could be put into the paint production system to be painted as if it was a new guitar. Fender has too, but as MrTwang says, for some years serial number are not that exact. So if the solder joints are original on a Strat or Tele, its finish is probably original too! Similarly, take a look at for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar. Sometimes a date is stamped or hand-written on the butt of the neck. Don't be scared of a custom color over sunburst, or a custom color over another custom color, or both.
I've seen this on instruments as early as 1959, and as late as 1966. So how many of these chasses were made? I guess that it's probably a real custom shop guitar, but I don't have any of the secondary evidence to prove it. And yes there is some overlap in serial numbers between years. So when the production schedule allowed, Fender used an undercoat. For better or worse, this concept is common to this endeavor.
When done, the body was moved to a drying area and left on its nail legs to dry. Rather than waste those 8-ohm output transformers in stock from previous 6G6 production, Fender used them up on the first 6G6-A with 4-ohm speaker cabinets. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. Fender probably had an ample supply of reject Sunburst and custom color finished bodies that had some flaw remember, all these guitars were painted by humans, not machines. Thanks - Bruce Thanks guys, and thanks Wildwood guitars! And the more I think about it its kind of cool.
You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer. Here is what the neck date and body date look like from a 1952 Telecaster: If you're not comfortable removing the neck of a guitar to peek at the date marker, I encourage you to take it to a local tech or luthier. Therefore some guitars will still be original, even if they don't pass all the following specs. After a short period of overlap with the old system, the post-76 numbers will start with a letter that indicates the decade, followed by a number that indicates the year of that decade. This new whitish-yellow bleeds through the translucent red making it more orangish. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.
Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Lacquer already adheres well to wood. Hence they just stained all Alder bodies with the yellow, allowing them greater production flexibility. Hence you only see the yellow stain used for the first step in the Sunbursting process under the stick. Of course you will have to take the two screws out of the control plate. And Sunburst is also seen under some 1950's custom colors. Advances have been made with regards to the production of 1960-67 tolex amps and it appears that much of this information can be applied to late 1950s tweed amps as well.
Because the stick was now used, the area under the stick in the neck pocket does not have any paint. A picture of this can be seen in Tom Wheeler's American Guitars, page 54 lower left corner , or in Tom Wheeler's 2004 book, Stratocaster Chronicles. The serial number decals are under the finish, so the neck will get a decal before the neck is completed and the neck is dated at that time. Then during 1955, that undercoat changed to a white seemingly the same finish used on native blond Telecasters. Any body has experience as to the steps and things to check to make sure I'm buying the real deal? Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U.
Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report as well. The best estimate is that about 100 of these were made before the circuit was revised. The decision was strictly a labor thing, but in the process, the decision essentially ruined Fender instruments! Bridge and Neck Pickups Position 3. I've only recently gotten into Teles - better late than never I suppose. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year N0 + 5 digits N1 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 v U.
Basically there was a big bin of serial number plates, and the installers grabbed one, and screwed it to the guitar. Next the Alder body is sealed with a very thin coat of clear sealer i. No way of relating serial number to model - the same serial numbers were shared between Teles, Strats, Jaguars, all the other guitars and all the bass guitars too. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass, Duosonics, Musicmasters, etc. This would cost more in materials custom color paint was the most expensive paint Fender used , but it sure was quick.