Dating fender strat guitars
Polyester thick finish replaces nitrocellulose lacquer. Die-cast 1 piece chrome Mazac tremolo replaces 2 piece steel unit. 2nd string tree added on peghead to hold G and D strings. Starting in 1980, Fender switches back to the (more attactive) small pre-CBS peghead style on most models."Bullet" truss rod adjusts at peghead instead of butt-end of neck. Black 3 layer pickguard, black knobs and black pickup covers. That is, black pickguards with white knobs and covers are seen first, followed by black pickguards and black knobs and covers. We're always looking to get feedback on our dating details so if you have pictures or adjustments, please give us a shout.Also a thin aluminum shield the size of the pickguard is installed underneath the pickguard.Peghead decal logo now has 2 patent numbers (2,573,254 & 2,741,146) Peghead decal logo now has 3 patent numbers (2,960,900 added) Veneer Rosewood fingerboard.However, the serial numbers on the neck will provide the rough age of the instrument, according to Fender Telecaster guitars made in the years from 1950 to 1954 had a serial number stamped on the bridgeplate of the guitar.
Neck is 1 piece of maple with black dot position markers.
Contoured ash body, two-color (yellow to brown) sunburst finish.
Thin "spaghetti" peghead decal logo, no patent numbers.
Check for a large scripted "F" below the serial number on the neck plate.
Telecasters with these numbers were made from 1965 to 1976.