Did you read it first? Assuming that the seller does not have that Fender Certificate, are there any other specific things that I should look for to confirm its authenticity when I physically inspect this guitar, without disassembling it? These are listed in the dating table. I am able to go and see the guitar, as it is only a short drive away. Just exactly as indicated in the blog post above. They are not of a concern with dating as only the 2 letter date codes on whichever chart or sticker and the transformer number comes into play for that. So knowing what you have can affect the price from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. The Fender company has gone through three major periods or eras in its existence.
For instance, he confirmed our assumption that the amp chassis were put into stock after being stamped with serial numbers and that the chassis were pulled from the stock bins randomly just as with Fender guitar neck plates. Thankfully, these aberrations are pretty rare. I just discovered that the silverface Bandmaster speaker cabinet the big, tall one without tilt-back legs is ported see photo. They used a code like this: 606 — 645 The date is in the last three digits, after the 606 —. The Australian Fender Distributor then installed 240V - 110V stepdown transformers in the bottom of the cabinets.
They actually held clipboards and stopwatches to measure how long it took for me to attach various parts. Anyway, you get the idea. 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. Unknown information is indicated with a question mark. One thing we know for sure is that production codes can help date an amp to a particular month within a given model run.
This will not affect the price that you pay at all. Some of the fakers out there do use legit serial number formats so they pass the serial number search test. I am not a Strat afficionado, though I do own a 2008 American Deluxe Strat. Some may have stayed in the U. This web page and associated pages provide a wealth of information about Fender guitars. Z0 denotes 2000; Z1 denotes 2001, etc. Although his job was somewhat limited, his recollections provided some really fascinating insights to how the amps were built.
For more information, please visit this site: Fender Support kcbuck So. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E3 + 5 digits E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Most post tweed Fenders had trannys manufactured by Schumacher. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. After that the foreman would add the tubes, turn 'em on and set the bias. We highly recommend each of them. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done 1973 to 1981, for example or simply omitted.
The brown Deluxe is less common at about 4,800 units made serial numbers run from D00100 to D04900. The tuners are locking tuners, and the nut is a roller nut. By all the dents and scatches I would say it's that old. . In the above example, the transformer was made in either 1966 or 1976, week 45. But it plays like butter and holds a tune very well.
I am concerned about Guy Named Sue's immediate assessment that this is not a legitimate Custom Shop guitar. I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading. As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year. The only way to definitively date U. I am concerned about Guy Named Sue's immediate assessment that this is not a legitimate Custom Shop guitar. Therefore, while helpful in determining a range of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
Can anyone help me to verify what this guitar is? Some serial numbers have a letter prefix plus 4-digits instead of the usual 5- or 6-digits. The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976. I am able to go and see the guitar, as it is only a short drive away. There is no way to separate out production for these models, but with enough data, we might be able to do some frequency distribution and such to determine a rough estimate. Remember, this model shares a chassis with the narrow panel tweed Pro and Super.