Dating fender strat guitars
The Fender Telecaster was originally introduced in 1949, and has been made continuously since then, as of 2010.This solid-body electric guitar won fans among professional musicians, many of whom played Telecasters over the following years.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.
"F" style tuning gears replaces "Kluson-Deluxe" gears. 3 bolt neck with micro-tilt replaces 4 bolt system."Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).Neck is 1 piece of maple with black dot position markers.The Stratocaster was first introduced in spring 1954, it may well be the most popular and copied guitar design ever.
Asymmetrical double cutaway body, contoured body on back and on lower bass bout (where forearm rests), 3 single coil pickups with exposed poles, jack angled into top, tremolo standard (but available without special order), 3 knobs (volume, tone, tone), gold plated parts optional till 1967.A "D" or "Z" prefix marks Telecasters made from 2000 to 2010.