Dating fender telecaster guitar
Unfortunately, there is also some overlap in serial numbers between years — again due to the fact that neckplates were re-ordered various times from various manufacturers.0001 to 6000 = 1954 6000 to 9000 = 1955 9000 to 16000 = 1956 16000 to 25000 = 1957 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 25000 to 30000 = 1958 (some numbers with a "0" or "-" prefix) 30000 to 40000 = 1959 40000 to 58000 = 1960 55000 to 72000 = 1961 72000 to 93000 = 1962 93000 to 99999 = 1963Called an “L Plate,” Fender neckplates started showing up with LXXXXX numbers sometime in 1963. It was an error by the company that produced the neckplate stamping for Fender.
Leo Fender never intended for his guitars to become collectors items.Only way to get the actual manufacture date for these newer amps is to contact Fender support and ask them about that serial number.Old or new the Hot-Rod's do not hold much value very well, and just depreciate.Fender was using up their neckplates with numbers under 100,000.So, they ordered neckplates that were supposed to have numbers above 100,000.If you have one enjoy it, they are ok amps when they work!
WD offers many more Fender pickguards than shown here.
In mid-1954 Fender changed the location of serial numbers to the neckplate. Because different companies did the stamping of the serial numbers on neckplates they vary in location and layout.
In 1957/1958 some serial numbers started with a minus sign (“-“), or had a “0” prefix before the number.
10/24/2008Note: it mentions that hot-rod amps built 2002 and later no longer have a date stamp in the amp.
It probably also says "Made in Mexico" somewhere in or on the amp, which also indicates it is one of the newer re-issue amps.
Before the later 1970’s Fender never expected the guitars to be collectable or for serial numbers to be important.