Dating fender japanese stratocaster
Dating fender japanese stratocaster - 69 xxx
Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.Parts may have been produced in one year and left in a bin until they were ready to be paired with a body.
Neck Configuration Codes: 00 = Rosewood fingerboard 01 = Rosewood fingerboard 02 = Maple fingerboard 03 = Maple fingerboard Neck & Body Stamps: WWYD Example: 0304 - Basically the same as the date portion of the nine digit neck stamp although in black ink.
Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.
First four digits are paired up, 09 is the model number for the Stratocaster, and 00 is the neck configuration, in his case a fretted Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. 38 is the week, 9 stands for the year, 1979, and 3 is the day of the week, which is Wednesday.
Ignore all the "FRR" stamps you'll find on the neck base and in the neck pocket.
They are believed to just be some kind of quality check stamps.
Pot Codes: MMMYYWW Example: 1377818 - In 1977 found on the side of the pots, moved to the bottom (and unfortunately sometimes covered with solder) in 1978.
The first three digits refer to the manufacturer, CTS.
On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.
Other areas that contain Serial Numbers are on the top of the Neck Plate and the front or back of the Head Stock.
Though it’s not the first electric solidbody, the Telecaster is without doubt the first commercial electric guitar manufactured in large quantities.
The Tele is an American icon and is well know for it bright tone.
They seem to be found on the bottom of the neck heel, as well as in the neck pocket of the body, or even just stamped on the front under the pickguard on Natural finished guitars.