Fender amplifier serial numbers for dating
Japanese Serial Numbers on Peghead Decal Note the lack of S, E, N series.
General Electric was an already well established manufacturer of a broad spectrum of electrical and electronic material when it decided to enter the land mobile (police) radio market in 1931.
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.
These are marked with EIA code “606” which is the company number for Schumacher.
Parts may have been produced in one year and left in a bin until they were ready to be paired with a body.
A guitar neck could have been produced in 1956, then slapped onto a body in 1957 and if late enough in the year pickups may have been put in early 1958.
Over the years Fender used modular production techniques that may have resulted in a guitar that has parts from one year to another.The best option for getting a close production date is to remove the neck from the body.On the heel of the neck should be a penciled or stamped date with a month and year that it was assembled in.The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.