Dating a fender stratocaster
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.2,968,204 for the single coil pickup patent awarded in 1961 under other for Jaguar, Stratocaster, Duosonic.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.If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps will be valuable to anyone who is about to purchase a vintage Fender amp.
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The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
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.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.