Pre-1977 Fender guitars have a serial number on the bridgeplate or neckplate. 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. When the finish was dry, the nails were removed and the body was rubbed out and polished. Another misconception about Fullerplast is it's color. These serial numbers did not identify the country of origin in the body of the number. Our customers want serial numbers to be formatted a certain way—like they used to be. The sealer allowed any color coat be it sunburst or a custom color to not soak into the wood.
On typical Ibanez serial numbers the first 2 digits will indicate year, or the first digit will indicate the last digit of the year, but there are also some that indicate no year at all. By dipping the alder bodies in a yellow stain first, instead of spraying yellow lacquer, there is one less step of lacquer to mix, spray, and dry. The earliest volumes contain hundreds of yellowed pages covered front and back with rows of handwritten numbers. Serial numbers can pull up multiple guitars from multiple years. There is a picture of the drying tree in A. Fender used as little paint as possible, and hence as few coats as possible.
Most likely, this man is staining the Alder bodies yellow, a process used on Alder from 1956 and later before spraying the sunburst finish. Note for guitars without a serial number Up to 1977 there was just a label inside the guitar with the last two digits of the year in the bottom right hand corner see example on the right. Also with time nitrocellulose paint shrinks. Only about half the guitars still carry any intelligible information here. Lacquer already adheres well to wood. . First generation 03 Series serial numbers may also be ink stamped on a white label.
Because of this, 1958 and 1959 colored Fenders are sometimes found in recognizable colors such as Fiesta Red. By my calculations 38 weeks after August 1st, 1998 would be April 24th — and since the 24th is a Saturday, I would say this guitar was built on April 24th, 1999. Starting at the end of 1962, Fender changed how they held the body when spraying it. And the color of undercoat was inconsistent too. 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.
For example, a 1970 Strat with the neck code 2231008B. But I looked it up and did find some pictures with that on it. The Nail Holes and the Paint Stick. For models older than 1993, please refer to the chart below. Kiesel guitars since 1950 - men looking for older man.
This system of serial numbers is unique to this model until about 1955 even though Fender went to a universal neckplate serial number system on all instruments in 1954, some old style Precision Bass serialized bridges were still left over and used until 1955. Esquires, Broadcasters, Telecasters 1950 to 1954 number on bridgeplate. But certainly over 100 guitars per day very likely in 1999. Before 1975 Ibanez did not put serial numbers on their guitars. The best advice is to contact Fender's consumer relations dept.
This system was only used for two years, with 0001-1121 covering 1991 and 1122-3152 covering 1992. However, the serial numbers on the neck will provide the rough age of the instrument, according to Telecaster. There are many variables of numbering through these years and between different models and are broken down into 3 categories, stickers, plates, and the impressed numbers that follow the old school style detailed above. Also there are many guitars whose necks have been replaced due to breaks or just bad necks. They are termed J plates because of a J prefix in the number but somewhere around J 002700 they dropped the J leaving just the 6 digit number. In our example the serial number represents the 123 rd S6 Original built since Godin changed to 12 digit serial numbers.
For example, there is a picture in Tom Wheeler's American Guitars, page 54 upper left corner , of a man with long rubber gloves dipping bodies into a tank at Fender in the late 1950's. Until 1977 Maxon used 5 digit serials: 1st character is a production code 1,2,3, etc. I'm always been committed to cruising. Dating a Telecaster is not an exact science, as the dates on the various pieces of the guitar may be inaccurate if the pieces were manufactured before they were incorporated into the instrument. The pastel colors like Dakota Red, Daphne Blue, Foam Green and the like don't often use an undercoat coat either. I'm adding a couple of pics of mine so you can compare.