But note, the nails were still used even after the stick. . Vintage series guitars have a prefix of V. Depending on the era and model, the number can be found on either the front or back of the headstock. Black on black full-sized body, maple neck and fretboard, 22 frets, 8-hole 3-ply pickguard and trapezoid tuners. So when the production schedule allowed, Fender used an undercoat.
Typically there is a one-year overlap between serial codes because of the changeover to new numbers in the factories each year. Of course the financial disadvantage to using an undercoat is it takes more time. How to date and identify your Fender instruments using serial numbers and production date stamps. If you want to know the production year of your Fender guitar, you can decipher it with the serial number decoder, or find it in the tables below. Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little if at all throughout the lifetime of the model. By means of the serial number of your Martin can therefore quite precise date of production be determined.
Only Jazzmasters and Jaguars can be taken apart without unsoldering them. If four digits are present, the first two digits refer to the year i. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. What Fender did was seal the body as always , and then spray the sunburst colors with lacquer. There are some exceptions as you can see in this information provided by Mike Gagliano.
Fender Serial Numbers, 1950 to Present Identifying the Year. And often, they didn't even clear coat the color. After that the foreman would add the tubes, turn 'em on and set the bias. Fullerplast is a clear, sprayed chemically curing sealer, unaffected by solvents after it dries. Here the range of the L-series serial used each year. As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random.
The seems to be exceptions to every 'rule'. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database. One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run. This process was always used by Fender on Ash bodies from 1950 to the present. Used on Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster, Jaguar, Jazz Bass, Precision bass, Duosonics, Musicmasters, etc.
All Fender amplifiers, manufactured after 1989 include a date code on the amplifier. The guitars from 1990 have the serial number on the front of the headstock. E45+5 digits corresponds to 1985, 1987-1988. From the production of the first solidbody Fender guitars and until 1976, Fender tagged a production date at the butt of the detachable neck of their guitars. Maybe we can find the replay to our questions! I+6 digits corresponds to to 1989-1990. The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year.
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. The reason is purely financial. Note that there is a serious amount of overlap on many serial numbers. In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument see image. First half of 1959: No markings for a period after a customer complained about an obscenity written on the neck butt.
We highly recommend each of them. My Relic has the R,dont think its for Relic,but if im wrong someone will tell me nicely. Does Fender order their neckplates so far in advance? Here's another one which looks pretty much the same. First, the tables should be used as a guide only. That is, there's lots of overlap between years. Also Desert Sand was also sometimes used as an undercoat. N9+5 digits corresponds to 1990.