I can come close to the year by details. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number. Gfs sells them in the proper range for each place Neck, Middle and Bridge. For all passive Strat pickups. Some users may find the prospect of disassembling their Fender unsettling; if so, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech for help. I do that to all of my work on other peoples guitars and a letter stating all the mods I did.Next
The first three digits represent the manufacturer, the next one or two represent the year, and the last two will be the week it was made. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. The two outside switch positions on the Tele - which select the bridge or neck pickup individually - stay basically the same. As usual, there is some overlap from year to year. An often discussed subject is the Telecaster neck pickup, as it seems to divide players into two different parties: you either love it or hate it.Next
Sponsored Content is clearly labeled everywhere it appears, and Premier Guitar's editorial department has no involvement in its creation. This is also not a routing channel from the neck pickup to the neck cavity. Back in the day, Fender made their serial number plates in big batches and the assembler simply grabbed a decal or more from the crate and slapped it on the guitar. So reading them will require opening control cavities, removing scratchplates, or in the case of a semi acoustic, removing the pots entirely. Well, I hope you enjoyed this one and good luck pimping your Tele-Babies! Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: 161 to 357 1951 299 to 619 1952 0001 to 0160 1952 0161 to 0470 1951 - 1952 0475 to 0840 1952 - 1953 0848 to 1897 1953 - 1954 Also, for the first half or so of 1954, the inaugural run of Stratocasters had a distinct number sequence all under number 6000. Leo was on the right track for sure, but he choose a 1000pF cap that was much too big for this purpose and you can´t use one value for all configurations; it depends a lot on the pickups, the pots, the cables and, of course, the amp you use.
The first digit is the year and the other numbers are production numbers. Without any doubt, Leo Fender was one of the great masterminds in musical history. I was confused by the website you mentioned as the neck just has a 1969 date code on it. But the middle position both pickups together wires the pickups in series rather than parallel. Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster.Next
Electronically there is nothing special about this wiring, it simply connects the tone pot to the output of the volume pot middle lug , instead of with the input. Tone I´m sure you know the idiosyncracies inherent in passive single coil pickup systems like the Telecaster - when you turn down the volume even just a bit , the high end or treble loss is not proportionate. Came across this George Gruhn and Walter Carter article a while ago, about how checking codes on pots can assist in dating guitars. If the code does not fit the criteria on this page, you will have to investigate further on the web to find the manufacturer of that model pot to help date your guitar. This new system had the numbers pressed into the wood. For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Body and Neck Dates Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write a production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet.Next
Hard to find and when I do it has been messed up. Open to alternatives from local pickup -- pun intended -- as long as it conforms to eBay guidelines. Conversely, guitars were also built, but not wired and shipped immediately, resulting in newer pots in older guitars. Models from this period could have either code system. The method of dating is actually pretty simple. Potentiometer shaft is slightly longer for guitars with potentiometers that mount directly to the body instead of the pickguard. Is the date on the pup hand written or ink stamped? The 4th and 5th digits yy in a 7-digit mmmyyww code correspond to the last 2 digits of the year of manufacture.Next
The neck dates on these guitars, however, are usually reliable. Some numbers also had a prefix. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database. That pickup is probably dated with an ink stamp that can be seen when you lift the bottom plate and look under the paper tape. Again, notice the overlap in numbers and years.Next
Depending on the era and model, the number can be found on either the front or back of the headstock. People often misinterpret what they are seeing if they aren't familiar with small variances and their meanings. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E2 + 5 digits E3 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. However, the Les Paul Standard model was not produced between 1970 and 1975 it was officially reintroduced in 1976. The best solution would be to replace the complete system for an active one, but there is a simple method to get rid of this problem. There are alot of people like me that up grade or just fix stuff.
Includes a hex nut and washer. Don't know about the neck pickup. You want my baby, we'll work it out. Serial Numbers Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. 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.Next