Oddlings – Yet another printing error has surfaced, this time from the FEI (pre-CBS) days. Besides, no article in the Dating Fender Amps by Serial Number series would be complete without some interesting information, n’est ce pas? I promise the tables will still be there after you finish reading. Okay, I know you’re all just dying to skip ahead to the serial number tables but try to contain your excitement and read through the article first.These models (February 1951 to summer 1951) are known as "No Casters".Starting in the summer of 1951, Fender adopted the name "Telecaster" for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used. But be aware that Fender was a month or two ahead in making body parts.First four digits are paired up, 09 is the model number for the Stratocaster, and 00 is the neck configuration, in his case a fretted Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. 38 is the week, 9 stands for the year, 1979, and 3 is the day of the week, which is Wednesday.The '*' represents a middle digit that is either an 'X', a '-' or something that resembles a '1/2' or '1/4' fraction.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
The finish on the body is somewhat beaten up, and most worrisome, there are some slight cracks on the back of the neck, behind the nut. In the absence of a serial number, can someone help me date this bass? How concerned should I be about the cracks under the nut.
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It’s unknown if the tweed covering was a mistake (“Oops, I thought this was a 4x10 Bassman cabinet that I was covering”) or intentional, perhaps as a special order.
Non-Schumacher transformers – It’s been universally accepted that Fender only used Schumacher transformers on amps made in the 1960s and 1970s.
You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?