Because of this, 1958 and 1959 colored Fenders are sometimes found in recognizable colors such as Fiesta Red. Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. 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. As I understand it, Fender builds necks and bodies in big batches on separate assembly lines, then those parts go into storage until needed by the main assembly line where complete guitars are put together. This process was always used by Fender on Ash bodies from 1950 to the present.Next
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. One starting with Z5 would be from 2005. Without a clear coat, metallic colors can oxidize due to the metal particles in the finish. If so, the guitar is a factory refinish, or had some other kind of factory work done. Sorry, since I do not collect new Fenders, I don't really keep track of these things. 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.Next
It works just fine for those kinds of applications. I think it's authentic I just don't know what model it is. 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. Due to the large number of bodies and necks being painted at any one time, they had no way of keeping track of a particular guitar unless they marked it. Between 1985 and 1987 Fender instruments were only constructed in Japan while a recent new owner took over Fender and was building a new plant in America. On cars, a primer undercoat is used to increase the adhesion of the color coat to the metal. The point is, don't read too much into Fender serial numbers.Next
Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Final Thoughts on Fender Guitars Fender guitars are just as remarkable for their history as their sound. 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. Well, good news its very easy to figure out the age of Fender and Gibson instruments from the last 30 years. This will give an extremely thin film thickness. The Stratocaster was also the first Fender guitar with a contoured body. Don't read too much into these serial numbers, it's not the best way to date a Fender guitar.
Here are the things I identified as a fake: truss-rod opening, bridge, serial number, headstock, logo, tuners and more. The numbers for each year typically overlap, as there is always a transitional period between successive years and as necks that are made and serial numbered late in any given year are used on instruments assembled in the early months of the following year. Then during 1955, that undercoat changed to a white seemingly the same finish used on native blond Telecasters. Fender Japan serial numbers can usually be found on the back of the neck near the neck joint. Also with time nitrocellulose paint shrinks.Next
When done, the body was moved to a drying area and left on its nail legs to dry. If you don't see the brand you're looking for, let us know what you're looking for in the comments at the bottom. Additionally, there have been plenty of artist models, limited editions and other rare models that use a unique serial number. Therefore most custom color bodies have a yellow stained body too. While these policies offer an indication of what year they refer to, they are typically specific to the component they are attached to. Fender just stained all Alder bodies yellow and figured out later which ones would be custom colors. Now the nails' sole purpose was to suspend the body while drying.Next
Undercoats in the 1950's were even more inconsistent. Check out our which contains thousands of instruments and pieces of gear. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. 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. So, post-1996 models only would have this form of serial number.Next
Can anyone help me to verify what this guitar is? Fender was a production shop that produced mostly Alder Sunburst finished bodies. Don't be scared of a custom color over sunburst, or a custom color over another custom color, or both. There won't be any serial numbers or anything that matches the neck serial in the neck pocket or on the body. Once again, there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. Whether you inherited your instrument or bought it at a swap meet, you're probably curious about its provenance. This new whitish-yellow bleeds through the translucent red making it more orangish. If before 1963, it should be fully painted.Next