Dating vintage fender pots
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.(Stratocaster) Between 19 there were periods that this is not consistently done.Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.Due to a mistake at the factory in 1990 N9 decals (which were intended for use in 1999) applied to a several instruments that were built in that year. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the addition of a D for the Z, eg. Also here some overlap of numbers, prefixes and year.As a result of this mistake, you will be able to get a guitar with a serial number N9 that was built in 1990. The following serial numbers stay somewhat outside the well-known Fender numbering.At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.
If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
The code on potentiometers gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made.
See: Dating potentiometers The Fender logo that was used can also be an indication from which period the guitar originates.