Dating your fender guitar
(Their numbering system began with “H” for 1.) The second letter indicates the month.
The first two numbers indicate the day of the month.
The last three numbers represent order of production on the day the guitar was made. ” To you folks, we offer the following: Several other serial number configurations used by Yamaha over the years.
Example: hm02316 = the 316th unit made on June 2 of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, or 2001. If you still can’t figure it out, please see Yamaha contact info at the bottom of this page. Tenryu/Wada Factory, Made in Japan, 1969-1984: ######.
Back in 1965 Fender bought a US-based string maker named Squier.
Fender had produced entry-level electric guitars before but had never modeled them after their popular line of Stratocasters and Telecasters.
The "Your Old Guitar" (YOG) series of videos will help show what's what in original vintage guitars.
Three "regular guys" (Shaggy, Klyde and Norm) who are *not* guitar dealers, but who have been collecting for years and years, will show you all the details that can help you make informed decisions about vintage guitars.
Perhaps you're confused if the finish is original or parts have been replaced.Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender have completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept-restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more-based on actual vintage guitars.Designed back in 1954 by Leo Fender, the “stratocaster” has become ubiquitous among all electric guitar players across the world.The American Vintage '58 Telecaster harkens back to early 1958, when the Telecaster graduated from its original U-shaped neck profile-a real handful-to a still-large but more comfortable D-shape for its maple neck.Other spot-on early-'58 touches are here too, such as a lightweight ash body, staggered bridge pickup pole magnets, solid steel "barrel" bridge saddles, a single-ply white pickguard, "top-hat" switch tip, flat-top knurled aluminum chrome control knobs and more.1958 was an important year for the Telecaster because that's when slimmer necks started appearing on the instrument, and when (in early-year models) string-through bridges with solid-steel saddles first showed up, magnifying the guitar's prized signature twang.
Original and mint condition will catch the highest values for your instruments.