The people of Japan still have eyes half closed from Little Boy and Fat Man, the winds carried the bomb dust to China made eyes at angle and messed up guitars. Vintage Series, check neck date for specific year E4 + 5 digits E8 + 5 digits V + 4, 5 or 6 digits U. Six-digit serial numbers with no preceding letters, with the first number being the year. Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number. It should be done any day now, can't wait to make some noise with it.Next
I just picked up one in a pawn shop and bought it because it plays great. Fender demanded corrected neckplates immediately. Gun powder and noodles vs Beethoven, Shakespeare, telephones, telegraph and and all digital products. Was wondering if they sell good or not, cuz i really dont have any use for it. I wonder if there were Samick Jazzes too.Next
The pickup cavities are routed like a child did it in a sweat shop by hand with a chisel maybe they were! This is particularly pronounced in the transitional period of the mid-'80s, though the system has been pretty much on point since about 1990. New Squiers quality is better than ones from the 80's? No documentation, or comment from the manufacturer has resolved the question of which plant produced them. Serial Numbers Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a Fender is not a sure bet. Not all schemes are covered here. I'd really like to know how many of these came with the well-regarded high gloss neck and maple fretboard, and which ones have a laminate body. Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues. Maple neck with a really pretty rosewood fingerboard, and an alder or similar hardwood body.Next
It's a genuine Fender whatever that means. As you can see from this over-simplified example, serial number assignment was fairly random. Here is what the neck date and body date look like from a 1952 Telecaster: If you're not comfortable removing the neck of a guitar to peek at the date marker, I encourage you to take it to a local tech or luthier. I hate to say it, but I would put them up against any other Fender Stratocasters out there. One other thing I discovered, the tremolo block is crap at least on mine , one of the springs tore out and there are crack at other spring attachment points, and where the tremolo arm screws it. This was probably done as a cost saving measure.Next
Even though you have a 22-fret neck, I suspect it is 42mm at the nut, a change from the 43. Fender and Squier experimented with a lot of superstrat designs like that back in the late 1980s to early 1990s trying to compete with Ibanez, Jackson, Kramer, etc. Tell your kids a story about when you were a kid, long ago that was legal. I'd like to see if we can compile something of a morphology of what exists. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information for helping to either establish the vintage of your guitar or bass or for just learning more about Fender history in general. I didn't get it yet- I didn't have the cash on me and I didn't wanna take it home til I paid this fella. Needless to say it will cost more in parts and labor to fix then it's really worth.Next
If I sold them i could have made more money. I would like to know if it is of any value. I now have a Mexican Squire 1998 with three single coil pickups, it sounds great too, but in a bluesie kind of way. I haven't seen this variation before. Most of them didn't sell very well. So, initially, Fender imported guitars from Japanese manufacturers who had proven their ability to produce affordable, viable and well made instruments.Next
I know more about this guitar. So I upgraded the tuners to mini Klusons, adjusted the intonation, smoothed the fret edges, and improved the shielding. The S9 serial number makes it a 1989 Samick factory model. The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes. Japanese Squiers: For Japanese serial number dating see Fenders site. The plywood had a similar tone to the basswood and actually resonated better than most of my other guitars including those made out of alder, ash and mahogany.
Z0 denotes 2000; Z1 denotes 2001, etc. An inexact science to be sure. I suspect it was an Affinity with the Affinity Series sanded off, but. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. All the others were sxxx numbers yes. So, the information on the peghead could be off as much as two years. Don't know where you got your information from but it's wrong.Next