Dating fender guitar necks
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.
Below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by Fender as far back as 1950.This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources 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.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 numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet.For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Fender and the CBS Takeover.
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.
Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: 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).
There's A Brief History of the Stratocaster Part I and Part II that follows the evolution of the most popular Fender guitar of all.
Similarly, take a look at Behold the Jazzmaster for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar.
There are certainly plenty of exceptions, so again, using serial numbers in conjunction with other dating methods is always the best bet.