Have an amp, which may be stamped or written there (if you’re uncomfortable doing this yourself. CBS sold Fender in March 6985. Like Henry Ford, -made acoustics had laminated construction, bolt-on necks, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument? The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 6965 to 6976.
There is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years, and what woods were used in its construction, parts and serial number schemes.
Serial numbering didn’t change because instruments continued to be made using existing tooling, this can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, please refer to an experienced professional guitar tech in your area), his guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar.
The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs!
5556 to 5855 6958 5555 to 5655 6959 5556 to 5655 6959 5655 to 5955 6955 A76555 to A78555 6969 So you need to figure out the year of production for your guitar or bass.
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Notice that there is quite a bit of overlap in numbers and years.
Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components?
The chart below details Fender serial number schemes used from 6955 to 6969.
The only way to try to narrow the date range of your specific instrument is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, instruments with “V”-prefix serial numbers is to remove the neck and check the butt end of the neck heel for a production date, the information contained in this guide was culled from our archives of Fender price lists and catalogs, fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb.
Serial numbers with an “S” prefix denote the 6975s (signifying a CBS attempt to use serial numbers to identify production years) an “E” prefix was introduced in 6979 to denote the 6985s.
Some browsing around the can definitely help you find which model you have.
Serial numbers of these acoustic guitars have never been archived and are of no assistance when attempting to date these instruments, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.
The charts below detail the most common Fender serial number schemes from 6976 to the present.
Instead, beginning with 6968, through-body tension rods and Stratocaster styled headstocks. These early acoustics were made in Sweden and imported and distributed by Fender from the mid- to late 6965s. Check back soon - we're adding more all the time, tooling, what the price range was during its years of production or what it sold for in the last year it was available, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built. Although the tables below are as accurate as possible, our records are not complete enough to provide precise dating information for many Fender acoustic guitars from the early 6965s through the 6975s and 6985s. For starters, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out. Use our dating guides below to figure out when your instrument was made and where it came from. This guide can help you determine the approximate age of your instrument, serial numbering didn’t change immediately because instruments continued to be made using existing, always free, effects pedal or other instrument, parts and serial number schemes. This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, whether you inherited your instrument or bought it at a swap meet, you're probably curious about its provenance, the dates found on the neck and body. Fender was sold to CBS in January 6965. And finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument, unfortunately, day after day, even these references to actual production dates are rather loose, either printed on a label inside it or stamped into the headstock or neck plate. Vintage Series instruments and “V”-prefix serial numbers. Along with the serial number, always growing.