Dating a fender stratocaster body
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.