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How do I tell what year my Telecaster is?

How do I tell what year my Telecaster is?

The only way to try to find the date is to remove the neck from the body. If the year is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or in the cavity in which the pickups are. With Fenders from before 1955 you cannot use the serial numbers to determine the exact year of construction.

How do I look up a Fender serial number?

Where to Find the Serial Number on Your Fender Guitar?

  1. At the top of the neck plate.
  2. On the front or at the back of the headstock.
  3. On the cover plate of the vibrato (on Stratocasters)
  4. On the back of the vibrato cover plate (on early ’50s Stratocasters)
  5. At the end of the heel of the neck.

Can you look up guitar serial numbers?

You can look up a serial number either in Gruhn’s Guide or run the number in the manufacturer’s database. The serial number itself will give you date information and the database will have a description of the guitar so you can check the specs of the guitar in question.

How do I find the value of my guitar?

Look for a serial number. On an electric guitar, you’ll typically find the serial number on the back of the guitar body or headstock. The serial number of an acoustic guitar may be on the back or on the label in the sound hole. The guitar’s serial number also may give you a clue to its value.

Why do some Strats have 2 string trees?

The string tree is there to create more back-angle at the nut, because stratocaster heads are straight (unlike e.g. les pauls). Later on they made guitars with two string trees. Another one that pulled the D and G string down.

Where to find the serial number on a Fender Telecaster?

Esquires, Broadcasters and Telecasters shared a serial number sequence, while the landmark Precision Bass had its own system. In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument (see image). Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters:

Where is the serial number on a Fender Precision Bass?

(Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial numbering for these three models can be found on the bridge plate and lasted until the beginning of 1954. Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models in that year. There is some overlap of the serial numbers and dates.

What does serial number on electric guitar mean?

With no (or unreadable) serial numbers, the electronic parts of an electric guitar also give an indication. For example, the production code of the potentiometers can give an indication about the year of manufacture

When did Fender start using Universal Serial numbers?

Classic Serial Numbers – 1954 – 1963. By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments. At this time, the location of the serial number also shifted from the bridge to the neckplate (the metal plate located on back of where the neck meets the body).