Neck dating can be useful in finding the approximate age of your guitar since the neck is only a component of the guitar, it could have been produced a number of years before the actual instrument was assembled, hence the date on the neck is not necessarily the production date of the whole guitar on early ’50s stratocaster guitars serial numbers.
The neck date simply refers to the date that the individual component was produced given the modular nature of fender's production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, placed in the manufacturing warehouse and remained in stock for a period of time, and then subsequently paired with a body to create a. Like the body and neck dates, using serial numbers to date a fender is not a sure bet at many points in fender's history, serial number usage overlapped again owing to the modular manner of production below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by fender as far back as 1950. The stratocaster in the 1970s, part i written by jeff owens on may 28, 2014 the stratocaster as it appeared in fender’s 1970 catalog sixteen had seldom been sweeter more than a decade and a half since its 1954 introduction, the stratocaster had finally won widespread popularity by the time 1969 turned to 1970 fender’s second electric guitar.
Reissue strat neck date neck dating protocol went through many changes throughout the years from 1982-1988 all neck dates were written in pencil underneath the nitro finish the hand written penciled dates used only numbers, the months were not spelled out starting in 1988 neck dates began to be stamped in black ink with 3 letter. Genuine replacement neck crafted at our ensenada, mexico, manufacturing facility, this genuine fender stratocaster® guitar maple neck features a comfortable modern c profile and 95-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets. History the fender contemporary models were the first fender japan models to be named fender stratocasters or telecasters the previous fender japan models were all fender squier models the fender contemporary models were manufactured from 1984 to 1987 by fujigen gakki and these stratocasters were designed to be superstrats (super strat. It also means modern necks are much less susceptible to warping over time than single rod necks notes you can choose modern construction on all warmoth straight.
Again, a neck was stamped with either the new type of code or the old date stamp, but not both after march 1973, fender dropped the old style date stamp and continued to use the new style, 8-digit code until sometime in 1980 when small adhesive labels bearing month-day-year date stamps appeared in the neck pocket, pickup cavity.
Dating your us-made fender stringed instrument from fendercom for most of fender’s us instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
I took my 60 apart for a long overdue cleaning, and was looking for dates the only pencil date is 2/60 on the trem cavity there is nothing anywhere else on the guitar, on the pickguard, pickup cavities, etc. Neck dates went off around early 59 and came back towards late 59 early 60 i would excpect to find a neck date on an orginal 61 strat there are small details you can look to authenticate the neck if there is no date.
Is it really okay to take the neck off your fender guitar. Using fender guitar serial numbers to determine the date of manufacture fender serial numbers, 1950 to 2007 (identifying the year) an inexact science to be sure. Late 1971 fender stratocaster 3 bolt neck with micro-tilt replaces 4 bolt system die-cast 1 piece chrome mazac tremolo replaces 2 piece steel unit bridge saddles are now cast with no stampings 2nd string tree added on peghead to hold g and d strings bullet truss rod adjusts at peghead instead of butt-end of neck mid 1974 fender stratocaster.