Dating fender telecaster neck dating in tacoma

04-Dec-2019 10:09

Please note the introduction of the "S" prefix serial numbers.

The "S", stood for decade of the 1970s, and began CBS' attempt to use serial numbers to identify the year of production for the piece.

The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.

The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.

Serial numbers are basically chronological, but there is some overlap in some years.

A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera.There is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.But 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.

A Z0 prefix dates to 2000, a Z1 prefix dates to 2001 etcetera.

There is quite a bit of overlap of both numbers and years.

The following charts detail the most common Fender serial number schemes used from 1976 to the present.

They were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate (early '50s Strats), and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecasters.

But 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 neck date simply refers to the date that the neck was produced.