This supply lasted for over five years. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era. The approximate production year can be determined from this more about serial numbers will follow. Below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by Fender as far back as 1950. Because the year is only represented by 1 digit, guitars with this coding from the 80s, 90s or a decade of 2000.
On less popular Fender instruments, such as LapSteels, pots can be as much as two years earlier than the actual date of the instrument. From the production of the first solidbody Fender guitars and until 1976, Fender tagged a production date at the butt of the detachable neck of their guitars. I've never seen a headstock with that many decals on it. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. The numbers and decals were produced far in advance, and some N9 decals denoting 1999 were inadvertently affixed to some instruments in 1990. Don't be scared of a custom color over sunburst, or a custom color over another custom color, or both.
Jensen was a very popular maker of guitar amplifier speakers during the 1950s and 1960s. Fullerplast is a clear, sprayed chemically curing sealer, unaffected by solvents after it dries. So shooting a new custom color over a bad finish would be killing two birds with one stone. For this reason, it is not so easy to know where each guitar comes from or when it is made. If before 1963, it should be fully painted. Another misconception about Fullerplast is it's color. This new whitish-yellow bleeds through the translucent red making it more orangish.
However, many serial numbers were duplicated during this period, making the exact production year difficult to trace. I have noted that every Fender where I have seen that description has been ply laminate whatever. April 1973-1980: Fender dropped the old style date stamp after March 1973 and continued with the new 8-digit code. For example, Sonic Blue and to a lesser extent, Olympic White often do not have the yellow stain. Japanese Squiers: For Japanese serial number dating see Fenders site.
A likely explanation is the use of leftover necks, which Fender is known to have done at several occasions. For example, there is a picture in Tom Wheeler's American Guitars, page 54 upper left corner , of a man with long rubber gloves dipping bodies into a tank at Fender in the late 1950's. I'll agree with what Wikd wrote, except for the 'sold only in the Chinese and Asian markets' part. Vintage reissue instruments have the date on the butt end of the neck like the originals. 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. There are 2 Squier Strats listed. Probably made by Yako Taiwan.
Stripping an existing bad finish to apply another is just too much work. The more whitish yellow was then sprayed over the sealer coat, as were the red and brown of the Sunburst. After all, you're not gonna see the yellow on a custom color body, so what's the difference? When Rola started to make speaker for Jensen in 1972, Rola initially used the Jensen 220 manufacturer code, but by the end of 1972 changed to the 285 Rola code. Serial Numbers At the Headstock Serial numbers where put on the headstock of guitar necks somewhere near 1976. Removal of the neck of your bass might show a stamped date on the heel of the neck, but the neck might have been stored for sometime before it was actually attached at the plant and shipped for sale. Finally a clear coat is sprayed over the entire body to seal the colors.
Example: a Music Master with serial number 595121 and the code 49002153. © 2006-2015 All rights reserved. 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. This simplified the production process, and made Fender quick to react to market demands for Sunburst or custom colored bodies. Generally speaking, the more yellowed the clear coat, the less desirable the guitar.
Not to mention that mistakes happen, like some 1990 instruments that have N9 serial numbers due to a printing error. One letter six digits The letter indicates the factory code and the first and second digit are the last two digits of the year. Starts with N0 Starts with N1 Starts with V 1991 Starts with N1, N2, or V 1992 Starts with N2, N3, or V 1993 Starts with N3, N4, or V 1994 Starts with N4. The company has employed several serial number policies over the years. I thought that differences and diversity were to be appreciated and valued? They weren't managing the numbers in any way.
Duchossoir's The Fender Telecaster, page 57 upper right corner and in Tom Wheeler's Stratocaster Chronicles book. And it's difficult to apply metallic coats very heavily. Not mine, but maybe become mine ;0 The S-Serial Strats Ausquier mentioned, I know. The stick was a jig that suspended the body and allowed it to be rotated in the spray booth for easy spraying. The best way to date your vintage guitar or amp is from the manufacturers serial number and then use this guide as a reference to date the parts that make up said guitar or amp. When things were rushed, Fender didn't. You have another step where you have to let the body dry.