Here is the S first introduced as a prefix to the serial numbers. Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. Could it be the machine also got stuck on A23374, -75, -76, and -77?. This process was always used by Fender on Ash bodies from 1950 to the present. 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. The decision was strictly a labor thing, but in the process, the decision essentially ruined Fender instruments! During 1954 and some of 1955, Fender used a silver metallic undercoat beneath their custom colors. Generally speaking, the more yellowed the clear coat, the less desirable the guitar.
Assembler reached in and grabbed one or many. Stratocaster Between 1973 and 1981 there were periods that this is not consistently done. And it's difficult to apply metallic coats very heavily. After all, if the shop was really in a hurry it can just spray the color coat right over the Alder without any preparation paint if need be. The serial number can only generalized the age of the instrument within a few years.
The yellow seen in the unpainted portions of a 1956 and later Alder body is actually a stain or dye applied under the sealer coat. Just to add to the confusion , mine came out, was completed , in January 07 but has an '06 serial number presumeably because it was built in '06. However, in some cases people have put different chassis in different cabinets or sometimes put different face plates on them. So when the production schedule allowed, Fender used an undercoat. After spraying the front, they would flip the body over onto these nail legs, and spray the back and sides. The Gear Page is run by musicians for musicians. If before 1963, it should be fully painted.
Most post tweed Fenders had trannys manufactured by Schumacher. Because the stick was now used, the area under the stick in the neck pocket does not have any paint. At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover. But note, the nails were still used even after the stick. When things were rushed, Fender didn't. What Fender did was seal the body as always , and then spray the sunburst colors with lacquer. To contact the forum owner hit the Contact Us link.
I will also mention briefly pot-codes as a resource numbers on the internal potentiometers of the guitar. I did so this week to check the date of manufacture of my guitar and they got back to me within 24 hours with all the information I could possibly need. The best estimate is that about 100 of these were made before the circuit was revised. Then it could be put into the paint production system to be painted as if it was a new guitar. The second thing that was done was the addition of another number stamped into the chassis as a suffix to the A23373 serial number, e.
Vintage Series, check date on the neck for specific year V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. This could save a considerable amount of money when painting thousands of guitars. Special thanks to Bassman specialist extraordinaire, Clarke Blanton for his assistance with updating the Bassman dating tables and providing other Bassman facts and figures. If they didn't have the time or were backordered, they didn't bother with an undercoat depending on the color. Just exactly as indicated in the blog post above. Use the numbers as a guide only, though, as there have been exceptions and breaks to the numbering scheme that Fender used throughout the years. I bought my '76 princeton reverb new, so I know what year it is, but it's serial makes no sense compared to any chart I've seen.
Don't be scared of a custom color over sunburst, or a custom color over another custom color, or both. Made in Japan Fender Serials Fender Japan serial numbers can usually be found on the back of the neck near the neck joint. But then again, sometimes they do. This means spraying the color coats is easier and the coats can be applied thinner saving material, money and dry time. Only the seven-digit suffixes were actually entered into the database.
For starters, there's the Reverb Price Guide which has thousands of entries with pictures and details on various guitars and other gear. Per Blue Book and Fender Consumer Relations Department. No, there are other variations. The other end of the conduit was slide onto a small metal rack also made of conduit sitting on a table in the paint booth. That is, there's lots of overlap between years. Some are not exported or sent back.