Dating a fender telecaster guitar
A picture is worth a thousand words, a sample is worth a million.
I gave my wife that reasoning so I could begin collecting guitars!
I had owned a Fender for almost thirty years and was in the dark!
Even after reading descriptions of what these terms meant, I still needed a visual.
Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.
He never invisioned a need to pinpoint the manufacturing date of any of his guitars.
Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap in some years.
Before the later 1970’s Fender never expected the guitars to be collectable or for serial numbers to be important.
Serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.