Dating fender guitars by serial number

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It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.

The pattern is as follows: YDDDYPPP YY is the production year DDD is the day of the year PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.

Some basic knowledge about the different wood types, neck and body profiles, pickups etc will help you in making the best choice.

There’s little doubt that US Fenders are better than Mexicans.

On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.

The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.

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