Dating fender strat serial number
Peghead decal logo now has 5 patent numbers (2,817,261 added).
Peghead decal has 3 patent numbers (2,741,146 & 3,143,028 & DES 169,062).
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.
Although a serial number is helpful for roughly determining the age of a guitar, this is often not the exact date.
Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.
At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the headstock or on the cover plate of the vibrato.
Gold Fender peghead decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo. Plastic white three layer pickguard replaces celluloid. Maple fingerboard optional (2 piece neck, no "skunk stripe").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.Although there have been periods in which major changes occurred as the acquisition of Fender by CBS, and the transition from CBS Fender to the current owner (Fender Musical Instruments Corporation), most models are in general not changed.At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.