Fender dating serial pot
At many points in Fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production.
Below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by Fender as far back as 1950.
Please note that fender serial numbers tend to overlap by at least a year, and thereby the date of your guitar can only be approximated.
So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb, and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.
We also have some other blog posts related to Fender that can hopefully be of some help.Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments.At this time, the location of the serial number also shifted from the bridge to the neckplate (the metal plate located on back of where the neck meets the body).The EIA assigns each manufacturer a three-digit code (there are some with one, two or four digits).
When dating an instrument by the ‘pot code,’ keep two things in mind: The potentiometers must be original to the piece (new solder, or a date code that is off by ten or more years is a good giveaway to spot replacement pots); and the pot code only indicates when the potentiometer was manufactured!If the code does not fit the above criteria, don’t force it and skew your dating results.