Edit: On a lighter note how are things in Bama. That is why the red and yellow now looks much different on late 1964 and later Fenders. Most likely, this man is staining the Alder bodies yellow, a process used on Alder from 1956 and later before spraying the sunburst finish. Many of the 1987 and later models will have a serial number that says one thing and the date in the neck pocket in the body or on the butt end of neck that says something different. During 1954 and some of 1955, Fender used a silver metallic undercoat beneath their custom colors. The revised amp had 14 coupling caps and there may have been upwards of 150 made. For more information, please visit this site: Fender Support kcbuck So.
N5, or V 1995 Starts with N5, N6, or V 1996 Starts with N6, N7, or V 1997 Starts with N7, N8, or V 1998 Starts with N8. A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera. You may notice the significant overlap in numbers and years. There are other ways but the above is a more accurate method. Again, sometimes they used them and sometimes they didn't.
Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Other exceptions exist as well. The chart below shows Fender serial numbers from 1965 to 1976. Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1982 For U.
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck. As you can see by the overlaps of numbers and years, the reference to the actual production date is rather loose. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. Doing business with your colleagues has never been easier. That is correct information, I have changed necks on many Strats. Back to the yellow stain in 1956 and later.
If your serial number has spaces between the first two numbers and the rest of the numbers, starts with a 76, or is only the number 500 refer to chart 2. If you have letters in your serial number, skip to Chart number 3. 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. Here are the best ones that seem to be out there.
As usual, there is some overlap from year to year. I'm not sure; I don't own any books on Teles. The next six digits are the unit identifier. Be aware these nails were inserted by humans with a hammer. Did you read it first? The earliest version had 12 coupling caps.
Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Fender probably had an ample supply of reject Sunburst and custom color finished bodies that had some flaw remember, all these guitars were painted by humans, not machines. Don't be scared of a custom color over sunburst, or a custom color over another custom color, or both. Dating a guitar by Serial Number is easy, as long as you know which serial numbers match which years for each guitar model. Has John Cruz's name inside. Note: Unfortunately, some models are not able to be dated due to the serial numbers being made for Fender production and not specifically meant to be for the customer for dating. Again this is has been seen lots of times on 1966 documented original custom color instruments.
Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year E4 + 5 digits E8 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Reference Materials to Help Date Your Guitar If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments. Upgrade, downgrade, cancel at any time. It helps narrow things down, but in most cases is an inexact science. If so, the guitar is a factory refinish, or had some other kind of factory work done.