March 1962 to 1965: Dark blue or red ink stamps below the truss rod adjustment at the neck butt. Texas He-Man Emoticon Haters Local 316. Since the sealer is essentially a clear inexpensive primer, less color would be needed and color costs a lot more money than a cheap sealer. Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters shared a serial number sequence, while the landmark Precision Bass had its own system. These can definitely be useful in cases where no other numbers exist, but just tell when the pot itself was made. .Next
This was used to simplify the sunbursting process. The first two digits of the number identify the year of manufacture, 10 for 2010, 11 for 2011, etc. It is also used to fill imperfections in the metal. After some more dry time, the body can be sealed with lacquer and the color finish can be applied. I started collecting them more than 40 years ago and have built up a large collection of instruments that I love to play often.
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date as mentioned above. With the implementation of the drying tree, there was no longer a need for nails. The sealer allowed any color coat be it sunburst or a custom color to not soak into the wood. Any more info on the serial numbers greatly appreciated. These subsequent Squiers were unrecognisable in terms of quality as compared with the originals.
But then again, sometimes they do. During 1954 and some of 1955, Fender used a silver metallic undercoat beneath their custom colors. And finally, special primer undercoats are used on metal for rust prevention. Only about half the guitars still carry any intelligible information here. The Southern California guitarist Ted Greene helped Fender with the design by referencing his extensive collection of old Telecasters.
The serial is one key point among few other minor details. You can change the other things that need changing. They may or may not be there, but they should be of the types previously mentioned for the era in question. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era. There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet.Next
The locations of the serial numbers and dates change from model to model and in some cases they have simply been omitted. Hi Guys I'm new here, thanks for having me. Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues. Perhaps these guitars were special show models, so extra care was taken in their finish. Undercoats were used on guitars for different reason than on automobiles. No one likes it when you forget their birthday and neither does your Fender. 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.Next
What Fender did was seal the body as always , and then spray the sunburst colors with lacquer. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass and other models. Less production time in changing gun colors, less cost in stocking a unique primer. And if it's a 1957 or earlier Fender, there's really no telling what color your guitar really is. Here's your chance to own that beautiful player's guitar, but in brand new shape and freshly set-up from the Fender factory! This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out. This article deals only with U.Next
Esquires, Broadcasters, Telecasters 1950 to 1954 number on bridgeplate. Are they original looking and not re-soldered? I have a '52 reissue tele that I bought around 2006. 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. When you play them I'm sure you'll come to your own conclusions. If Fender had the time to use undercoat, they did. For example, a 1970 Strat with the neck code 2231008B. The three brass saddles on the vintage-style Tele bridge are compensated to allow for more accurate intonation.Next