Start Dating fender stratocaster guitar

Dating fender stratocaster guitar

For Stratocasters it is 22 and for Precision Basses it is 5.

To clarify, a neck would have one or the other type of stamp… It is not known why Fender used two completely different systems at the same time.

Then in 1972, Fender changed to a new type of neck stamp which had 8-digits which was stamped in green or red ink.

A few Telecasters have shown up with neck codes that would indicate a 1967 date and one has been reported with a possible 1968 date, yet the rest of the guitar appears to be from 1969.

If Fender used the coding system as early as 1967, then we should see more 19 guitars surfacing with the green stamped code.

Second, my data set for making conclusions is relatively small and therefore, subject to change as new information surfaces.

However, the interpretation of the two date code systems appears to be relatively straight forward and the conclusions were confirmed by pickup dates and pot dates in most cases.

Andre Duchossoir briefly discussed his findings for the 1972-80 codes in his excellent Telecaster and Stratocaster books. I used this information as the starting point for my research.