The serial number is also very strange. Take careful measurements of the neck you have to be sure though. Don't know what the korean series serial numbers were like. Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years. I can acquire seamlessly as a 70' Duncan Designed Vintage Modified? So my question is, what are my options now? It does verify that the guitar is a '96, but I think he is asking if it really is an anniversary model, rather than a strat with the 50th anniversary sticker pasted to the headstock. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. Accurate dating of musical instruments is a very easy and useful skill to learn.
I belive it is a late 70s or mid 80s. I hope he will send pics and then I can go on from that. Is the serial on the front or back of the headstock? Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. And the first number following is the year. Unfortunately, there is also some overlap in serial numbers between years -- again due to the fact that neckplates were re-ordered various times from various manufacturers. There could be a slim chance the logo was replaced.
Since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar. The following six digits are the unit identifier, although it should be noted that these final six numbers are not sequential and do not provide any other identification information about the instrument. The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made. As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1990 For U. It had the 50th anniversary sticker on the back of the headstock also.
All of these are excellent resources for researching the fair market value of your instrument. But once again, due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s , dating by the serial number is not an exact science. The logo has fatter golden letters with a thicker black border. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1982 For U. Many stores will do this free of charge. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year N0 + 5 digits N1 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 v U.
Markings start to appear again around mid-year. 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. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built. Stratocaster Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods that this is not consistently done. How much it actually worth? The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced. You can order these titles through your local Authorized Fender Dealer.
We encourage you to report spam posts or posts that violate the rules, but please send a message to the moderators at the same time. Finally, the first one or two digits of the code tells you which model you are holding; 22 being a Stratocaster. Instead, the instrument's country of origin appears on the decal on the back of the headstock, near the serial number. Upgrade, downgrade, cancel at any time. In the factory, there was a large container with serialized items such as neckplates and bridges. For example, a serial number with N4 would be from 1994.
While the Fender necks always have a nut, they too sometimes require filing. The spaghetti logo was used in the 1950s and is so named for its thin silver-colored letter with a thin black line. Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1985 For U. The guitars from 1990 have the serial number on the front of the headstock. Vintage Series excluded '52 Telecasters 1988 For U. Dating the guitar via serial numbers is of key importance.
His work has been published on eHow, TechAxcess. I switched to a 4 bolt plate, but you can still see the hole from the original 3. Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year N1 + 5 or 6 digits V + 5 or 6 digits U. Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items. Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little if at all throughout the lifetime of the model.