Dating a fender strat
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
The spaghetti logo was used in the 1950s and is so named for its thin silver-colored letter with a thin black line.The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.The next table shows the most common Fender serial numbers schemes from 1976 to the present.In March 1985, CBS Corporation sold Fender to a group of private investors led by William Schultz, where the company get the current name Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
The changeover to the new owners can not deduce the serial numbers, because they continued the numbering at the same way.
3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.