Dating a fender bass guitar
However, the serial numbers on the neck will provide the rough age of the instrument, according to Fender Telecaster guitars made in the years from 1950 to 1954 had a serial number stamped on the bridgeplate of the guitar.Guitars with serial numbers from 0001 to 0999 were released from 1950 to 1952, while those with serial numbers from 1000 to 5300 were built from 1952 to 1954. Fender guitars made from 1954 to mid 1976 have a neck plate serial number, which changes depending on the year.All Telecasters basically have the same features: single cutaway slab body, 2 chrome knobs, 3 position toggle switch, 3 paired adjustable bridge saddles, strings anchor thru body (except in late 1958 to 1959).Period specific details are as follows: Serial number on neck plate. White single layer vinyl pick-guard replaces black pick-guard.
Numbers from L00001 to L20000 indicate that the guitar was made in 1963, L20000 to L55000 mean it was built in 1964 and L55000 to L99999 date the guitar to 1965.Guitars with serial numbers 100000 to 110000 were made in late 1965, 110000 to 200000 in 1966, 180000 to 210000 in 1967, 210000 to 250000 in 1968, 250000 to 280000 in 1969, 280000 to 300000 in 1970, 300000 to 330000 in 1971, 330000 to 370000 in 1972, 370000 to 520000 in 1973, 500000 to 580000 in 1974, 580000 to 690000 in 1900 to 750000 in 1976. These Telecasters were made from the mid 1970s to about 2005.An "S" prefix dates the guitar to the 1970s, an "E" prefix means the Telecaster was made in the 1980s and the "N" prefix indicates the 1990s.The Fender Telecaster was originally introduced in 1949, and has been made continuously since then, as of 2010.
This solid-body electric guitar won fans among professional musicians, many of whom played Telecasters over the following years.The majority of Broadcasters are dated November 1950.