Who knows how long it was waiting in the Fender factory before finding its way into a Tele? Some browsing around the can definitely help you find which model you have. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U. Similarly, take a look at for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar. And sometimes questionable sellers misrepresent Teambuilt models as Masterbuilts. Does anyone know if any Custom Shop teles or strats were produced between 2009 and 2011 without a serial number on the head? Please use the links below to show them we value their sponsorship.
So evidently there is no real sequencing of the serial numbers. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E3 + 5 digits E4 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. More information about the Hamiltone can be found. Master Salute, or 50th Ann. He speculates that the necks with Brazilian fingerboards are leftover stock from 1983-vintage '62 Reissue Strats. However, it is a Teambuilt model produced in the Custom Shop, but not built exclusively by Greg Fessler.
Again, the serial number alone in any of these cases is not definitive and the best approach is to combine that with other methods like the neck and body dates, as well as just the features of the specific instrument. I guess that it's probably a real custom shop guitar, but I don't have any of the secondary evidence to prove it. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done 1973 to 1981, for example or simply omitted. These have serial numbers starting with V and do not strictly correlate to years. The numbers and decals were produced far in advance, and some N9 decals denoting 1999 , were inadvertantly affixed to some instruments in 1990. Information on Japanese and Mexican-made instruments is included towards the bottom. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 5 digits E8 + 5 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 5 digits U.
Below are photos of the woods, but they can vary widely. He mentioned to me that Jimmie was getting three of the guitars. 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. This is a personal web log, and as such, it contains opinion, bias, conjecture and ridiculous wackiness. One starting with Z5 would be from 2005.
Behind the guitars are Stevie's Cry Baby wah pedal from the '70's, Stevie's Marshall amp see the gear page for more information and a 1964 Vibroverb which has a serial number inbetween the two which Stevie used on stage for about ten years not easy to find since only 34 amps separated Stevie's two Vibroverbs on the production line. I do not see it as different from any other product - where there is a demand, someone is going to fill it. The one I'm looking at has he custom Shop logo on the back of the head but no number. If you have what you consider an odd serial number, it might appear here. Sell Your Gear on Reverb Made in Mexico Fender Serials Fender opened a factory in Ensenada, Mexico in the late '80s and instruments started coming off the line in 1990. For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Body and Neck Dates Through much of Fender's production history, Fender workers would print or write a production date on both bodies and necks where the two pieces meet. Their values will be quite variable.
As always, there is typically some number prefix overlap and carryover from year to year. But as One Drop said, I think that Fender really made everything so difficult. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link. Therefore, while helpful in determining a range of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference. The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs. It is my understanding that sales of the Number One guitars worked like this: Fender sold them to their top dealers in this case by a lottery system due to the high demand who can resell them to customers or not. If so where else would it be or why is it not there if it was produced between 2009 and 2011.
And although my '65 is number 6 out of the limited run of 50, the vast majority of the remaining ones on the dealer website have lower numbers than mine. Some may have stayed in the U. At many points in Fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production. Authenticating guitars is not their job, but they sometimes do it as a service. Neck-dating can be useful in determining the approximate age of a guitar, but it is certainly not definitive because the neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced, rather than the complete instrument.
R prefixed serial numbers started in 1999 when the Time Machine range was launched. Sometimes Custom Shop continues a Masterbuilt model series with a Teambuilt version. Stevie's guitar is one of the most easily identifiable, famous guitars in history, and folks other than Fender have made dozens of replicas of Number One at prices from several hundred to five thousand dollars. It's quick and easy with. Classic Serial Numbers - 1954 - 1963 By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments. The inlays on the fretboard also appear to be similar to the American Deluxe series abalone type.