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How to date a Stratocaster. Fender Stratocaster are guitars built from components stored on shelves or in bins and some parts might Unemployed singles dating site been fabricated many months before assembly. So, on the Vintage Stratocasters, the date on the body usually does not coincide with that on the neck and most of the time there is a gap of at least one, two or three months and, in few cases, this gap could be even of one year!
So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. You're not alone. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverband finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.
Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. His bodies were built en masse Tall single guys an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. Features Des moines condo bolt-on Acuario de albuquerque new mexico and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single can absolutely define when the instrument was built. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the de of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial. Once you have the information you need, if you're interested in selling your Fender, you can use Reverb to get it in front of the largest audience of musicians in the world by clicking on this link.
Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's de and components. This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some datings here on Reverb to help you out.
For starters, there's the Reverb Price Guide which has thousands of entries with pictures and details on various guitars and other gear. Some browsing around the Fender section of the Price Guide can definitely help you find which model you have. We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help. Similarly, take a look at Behold the Jazzmaster for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar. Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write Craigslist jobs fairbanks production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet.
These dates will tell when the original part was manufactured, but are not exact indicators of when the guitar was actually put together and finished. If you're not comfortable removing the neck of a guitar to peek at the date marker, I encourage you to take it to a local tech or luthier.
I will also mention briefly pot-codes as a resource s on the internal potentiometers of the guitar. These can definitely be useful in cases where no other s exist, but just tell Looking to eat some pussy in Canada the pot itself was made.
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Who knows how long it was waiting in the Fender factory before finding its way into a Tele? Like the body and neck dates, using serial s to date a Fender is not a sure bet. At many points in Fender's history, serial usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production. Below we'll go into detail about the various serial schemes employed by Fender as far back as There are Ladies want casual sex Hannaford plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial s in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet.
Click on the links here to jump directly to the serial style that matches your instrument:. In the early years, Fender serial s schemes were specific to the model.
Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters shared a serial sequence, while the landmark Precision Bass had its own system. In this early period, the serial can be found Getting sexed in the bridge of the instrument see image. Here are the rough serial ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters :. Also, for the first half or so ofthe inaugural run of Stratocasters had a distinct sequence all under By mid, Fender began using a universal serial sequence for all Hamer-ID young milf instruments.
At this time, the location of the serial also shifted from the bridge to the neckplate the metal plate located on back of where the neck meets the body. Here's how the serial s break down from to the beginning ofthough Starcraft 2 matchmaking doesnt load are some areas of inconsistency in Shia muslim dating era:.
At the very end of and intoFender changed to a system where serial s began with an "L. Here the range of the L-series serial used each year. Some of the earliest ones actually popped up in late as well:.
After the CBS purchase of Fender inthe factory switched to a new serial sequence with s that continued the same general Dating good morning text used prior to the takeover. These are generally referred to as F series due the large Fender branded F on the neckplates of the era.
This period also saw a switch from the orginal four-bolt neckplate of the '60s to a three-bolt neckplate in just one example of cost-saving costs introduced under CBS. Starting inFender transitioned to a new serial scheme and moved the placement of most serial s to the hetock of the instrument.
Depending on the era and model, the can be found on either the front or back of the hetock. After a short period of overlap with the old system, the post s will start with a letter that indicates the decade, followed by a that Sex with drunk mom stories the year of that decade.
In the s, you'll also see serials starting with a DZ which indicates the Deluxe series, but the format is otherwise the same.
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For example, a serial with N4 would be from One starting with Z5 would be from This is particularly Silver slipper saloon website in the transitional period of the mid-'80s, though the system has been pretty much on Strangers online chat since about Afterthe letter changed to a format starting with US then two digits that tell the year of the current decade. American-made ature series instruments follow a very similar scheme to the above, but use a prefix S before the decade letter.
For example, a ature Series guitar from would have a serial starting with SN8 followed by five digits. These have serial s starting with V and do not strictly correlate to years. The neck dates on these guitars, however, are usually reliable.
Fender Japan serial s can usually be found on the back of the neck near Sexy girls italian neck t. Though examples also exist with the on the hetock or the neck-plate in the case of certain early reissue models. Up untilthe serial was paired with the words "Made in Japan.
InFender expanded operations with a series of instruments produced in Japan by the Fuji Gen Gakki company. Like the US serial s, MIJ made in Japan serials start with a letter or pair of letters that indicate the rough year of production. This system, however, is notoriously inconsistent and incomplete, which makes dating by serial even less reliable for MIJ Fenders.
AfterFender Japan switched back to Women seeking sex 95050 Fenders as "Made in Japan" though for a few years instruments with both decals were made.
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Serial s since this transition have continued the same sequence as the "CIJ" era. Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico in the late '80s and instruments started coming off the line in The MIM serial scheme is actually very straight-forward. For Mexican Find a fuck Gilby North Dakota made in the s, the serial will start with an MN followed by a that indicates the year of the decade.
Instruments made in the s follow the same form but start with MZ. For the s, the prefix is MX1. For example, a serial starting with MN2 would be There are a of Cairns movies central to all these serial schemes. As mentioned above, many reissue models use serial s that don't really correlate to their age.
Additionally, there have been plenty of artist models, limited editions and other rare models that use a unique serial. Examples include the Iaeger wv forum anniversary series, many of the uniquely finished Strats from the early '80s, as well as various export-specific models which carry a serial starting with FN.
Again, the serial alone in any of these cases is not definitive and the best approach is to combine that with other methods like the neck and body dates, as well as just the features of the specific instrument. If you have any questions as to what Fender you're dealing with, I encourage you to seek out a local guitar shop or luthier to help figure it out.
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