Dating telecaster serial
Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.This new numbering scheme was short-lived and was replaced only a few months later by an improved scheme that identifies an instrument’s country of origin and year of manufacture in the body of the serial number.This new scheme uses the letters “US” as a prefix to designate an instrument made in the United States, followed by an eight-digit number.
These markets operate completely independent of the new-instrument market.Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer.2007 was another transitional year for Japanese-made Fender instruments, with the return to the “Made in Japan” country-of-origin identifier on the serial number decal.
This was a running change, and both “Made in Japan” and “Crafted in Japan” decals appear on instruments from 20.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.