If the paint is thick, then the finish is not original even on original Fenders with multiple finishes, the film thickness is still very thin. The locations of the serial numbers and dates change from model to model and in some cases they have simply been omitted. How to date and identify your Fender instruments using serial numbers and production date stamps. Note: Some of the models numbers do overlap unfortunately since Fenders primary intention for model numbers was to help their production team rather than provide an accurate dating system for customers. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various instruments and on Fender history in general.
We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help. 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. Fender Coronado gained sudden notoriety when used by Elvis in the movie. How is it -- regarding that guitar in the first post -- the one with the batch date in the neck pocket of 619274 and a body that is date stamped April 21, 1995 -- that these can be dated over one year apart given the way they did things? Again, usually the pastel colors like Dakota Red and Black often didn't use any undercoat. Since Fender could probably produce more than 999 of any one type instrument in a month, it is more likely a batch or lot number. The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976. 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.
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. Generally speaking, the more yellowed the clear coat, the less desirable the guitar. Below is a list of date formats and how they were marked on the neck-butts: 1950-1954: Hand-written below the truss rod adjustment at the butt end of the neck. Though examples also exist with the number on the headstock or the neck-plate in the case of certain early reissue models. Again, a neck was stamped with either the new or the old date stamp, but not both.
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. And there is certainly no problem with rust. It is also used to fill imperfections in the metal. As a result, many numbers and dates overlap. The guitar is also notable for the shorter scale neck, designed to make it more suitable for younger guitarists. Korean Squiers: C refers to Cort, V refers to Saehan Sunghan , S was already taken by Samick so Saehan Sunghan used V instead Saehan Sunghan made the Vester guitars. Just go to These guys are usually pretty accurate but not 100% Also, these guys are kind of hard to navigate on mobile.
Starting at the end of 1962, Fender changed how they held the body when spraying it. This is because most people want the original color, and not some greened-out version. Markings start to appear again around mid-year. The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, 10 for 2010, 11 for 2011, etc. As mentioned above, many reissue models use serial numbers that don't really correlate to their age. Only about half the guitars still carry any intelligible information here.
This new scheme is now used on the majority of U. The numbers and decals were produced far in advance, and some N9 decals denoting 1999 , were inadvertantly affixed to some instruments in 1990. When things were rushed, Fender didn't. For example, Shell pink would be very unlikely but not impossible on a 1965 Fender. You might be able to find the date by taking off the neck and checking the bottom. The off-waist body shape was designed around the needs of guitarists in a sitting position. I have the Fall 92, 93 and 94 Frontlines.
But note, the nails were still used even after the stick. His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. Lots of overlap in numbers in adjacent years. A heavily modified version would eventually become an iconic symbol of the performer. One starting with Z5 would be from 2005. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. April 1973 to 1980: After March 1973, Fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code.
Sometimes a date is stamped or hand-written on the butt of the neck. These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number. Put them on the instrument s. If you have letters in your serial number, skip to Chart number 3. Fender Duo-Sonic Launched in 1956 as a student model guitar. Fender also used Sunburst or other colors as an undercoat to custom colors. What Fender did was seal the body as always , and then spray the sunburst colors with lacquer.