Dating vintage fender stratocaster
Black Fender peghead decal with 2 patent numbers (2,741,146 & 3,143,028)."F" style tuning gears replaces "Kluson-Deluxe" gears. 3 bolt neck with micro-tilt replaces 4 bolt system.Telecasters with these numbers were made from 1965 to 1976.
Thin "spaghetti" peghead decal logo, no patent numbers.Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is flat.Celluloid "mint green" three layer pickguard, with 11 attachment screws (some1959 transitional models have only 9 or 10 screws).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.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.