American strat dating

Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.At the top of the neck plate, at the front or at the back of the head or on the cover plate of the vibrato.Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.At some point, Kennis Russell bought a used Stratocaster at his local guitar shop.

Neck dating is useful in determining the age of a guitar, but is not definite.

Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.

While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.

Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music.

Introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster in the autumn of 1950, it was the first guitar of its kind manufactured on a substantial scale and has been in continuous production in one form or another since its first incarnation.

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