Dating stratocasters

dating stratocasters

How do you date a Fender Stratocaster?

The serial number is important to match the parts to the guitar but its not the only way to date a Fender Stratocaster. The way that a Fender guitar expert dates a Fender Stratocaster is with the neck and body dates, potentiometer codes, features, and the serial number.

Why are Fender Stratocasters so popular?

The Stratocasters and other innovative guitars that Fender built in the 50s and 60s are why the brand became famous to begin with and continue to be the basis for the rest of the companys offerings.

How important is the serial number on a Stratocaster?

The serial number is a good place to start but its often misleading and doesnt tell us the full story. Fender serial numbers on Stratocasters were assigned to a metal plate we call the neck plate that helps secure the neck to the body.

How do I tell when my Stratocaster was last inspected?

The first two places I look at during a Stratocaster inspection are the neck heel and the tremolo cavity on the back of the body. If the finish is original on the guitar, then the neck heel date and the tremolo cavity date should be within a few months of each other.

How do you date a Fender guitar?

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.

What do the serial numbers on a Fender Stratocaster mean?

Fender serial numbers on Stratocasters were assigned to a metal plate we call the neck plate that helps secure the neck to the body. The serial number is not the sole way to date a Stratocaster since theyre not necessarily consecutive and theyre easily swapped of a different number using a screwdriver.

How old is this Fender Stratocaster?

This guitar is an excellent example of why Fender serial numbers can be misleading. This Fender Stratocaster exhibited a lot of features that indicated it was made in 1964. The serial number 1062, however, is from a range that indicates that it was made in 1954.

How do you date a Stratocaster model?

After 1962, an ink stamp was used to stamp the model code, month, year, and neck width code. Heres what a neck heel stamp looks like: This neck heel date stamp reads 2SEP65B which should read accordingly: 2 = Stratocaster model (not the day!), SEP = September, 65 = 1965, B = standard nut width or 1 5/8.

How do I find out how old my Fender Stratocaster is?

Finding out how old is my Fender Stratocaster is more than just looking up the serial number. Fender Stratocaster serial numbers are usually on the metal plate on the back of the guitar from 1954 until 1977, but the plate is easily removed and swapped with only a screw driver (check out this mongrel Fender Stratocaster 1964 1954).

How important is the serial number on a Stratocaster?

The serial number is a good place to start but its often misleading and doesnt tell us the full story. Fender serial numbers on Stratocasters were assigned to a metal plate we call the neck plate that helps secure the neck to the body.

Are 1950s Fender Stratocaster guitars worth anything?

The Fender Stratocaster model electric guitar is one of the most valuable collectible guitars ever made so its important to know how to date them.  Fender Stratocaster production gradually increased and slowly changed over the 1950s and 1960s which is why the 1950s Fender Stratocasters are worth more than those from the late 1960s.

How can I find out what model a Fender guitar is?

Here is Fenders “new” lookup page which will give you detail specs on a given model. It’s not perfect but it’s mostly awesome! Fender also lets you register you guitar which tells you (Most of the time) if it exists but does not give you any specifications at all other than the “catalog” description in a one liner.

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