If you have what you consider an odd serial number, it might appear here. The Fender company has gone through three major periods or eras in its existence. So if the nail holes can't be found, immediately suspect the originality of that instrument! And if it's a 1957 or earlier Fender, there's really no telling what color your guitar really is. Basically there was a big bin of serial number plates, and the installers grabbed one, and screwed it to the guitar. Are they visible and free of paint? With the implementation of the drying tree, there was no longer a need for nails. During the period from the end of the 1920s to 1933 the logo was no longer placed obliquely. For example, a serial number with N4 would be from 1994.
Try and identify the original color. Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: 161 to 357 1951 299 to 619 1952 0001 to 0160 1952 0161 to 0470 1951 - 1952 0475 to 0840 1952 - 1953 0848 to 1897 1953 - 1954 Also, for the first half or so of 1954, the inaugural run of Stratocasters had a distinct number sequence all under number 6000. Dating a Fender guitar with the serial number is a hit or miss propisition. In the case of Sonic Blue, this might have happened because the yellow stain was bleeding through to the blue. Are they original looking and not re-soldered? Not all schemes are covered here! Notice that there is also overlap in serial numbers between different years.
This new scheme is now used on the majority of U. Check for a clear coat over the color. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E3 + 5 digits E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Be aware these nails were inserted by humans with a hammer. Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things. You can imagine that it might have been cheaper to have the serial numbers added to the decals rather than have them machined.
Depending on the era and model, the number can be found on either the front or back of the headstock. That letter indicates the decade. I thought that differences and diversity were to be appreciated and valued? There is a picture of the drying tree in A. Serial numbers compiled from several sources including myself, Gruhn, and Duchossoir. Another misconception about Fullerplast is it's color.
This system of serial numbers is unique to this model until about 1955 even though Fender went to a universal neckplate serial number system on all instruments in 1954, some old style Precision Bass serialized bridges were still left over and used until 1955. As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters shared a serial number sequence, while the landmark Precision Bass had its own system. Back to the yellow stain in 1956 and later. 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. What is the film thickness of the finish? Vintage Fender guitar serial number and vintage Fender guitar information at Greg's Vintage Guitars.
Some specimens from 1903 to 1907 were not oblique, or had no logo at all. Before the later 1970's Fender never expected the guitars to be collectable or for serial numbers to be important. This web page and associated pages provide a wealth of information about Fender guitars. Alphanumeric characters offer a faster way to identify the decade the neck was built. His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. Even with the new system, Fender didn't like to throw away a perfectly good serialized decal just because the year code would be incorrect.
Finally a clear coat is sprayed over the entire body to seal the colors. Additionally, there have been plenty of artist models, limited editions and other rare models that use a unique serial number. But it plays like butter and holds a tune very well. After some dry time, the excess pore filler can be scraped or wiped off leaving material in the pores of the wood, thus filling them. Some general rules can be said about undercoats used with custom colors during the 1950s. That number indicates the specific year. Some of the fakers out there do use legit serial number formats so they pass the serial number search test.
In a random sequence numbers were stamped on the back of the headstock. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass, Duosonics, Musicmasters, etc. Then during 1955, that undercoat changed to a white seemingly the same finish used on native blond Telecasters. I've seen this on instruments as early as 1959, and as late as 1966. Undercoats were used on guitars for different reason than on automobiles.
Starting at the end of 1962, Fender changed how they held the body when spraying it. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various instruments and on Fender history in general. If the stamped number consists 5 digits, there is a space between the first and second digit a separation between the last digit of the year and the actual serial number. Neck plate stamping was employed from 1954 to 1976 on all models. And most often you see this white primer undercoat on metallic finishes such as Lake Placid Blue or Burgundy Mist.