Dating fender telecaster serial
Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.
But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.
Although it is not be traced back directly to the serial numbers.
CBS continued to make the guitars using the existing tools, parts, and the numbering system.
As you can see by the overlap of numbers and years, the reference to the actual date of manufacture is rather vague.
In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties. Deluxe Series have the same standard but with the addition of a D for the Z, eg. Also here some overlap of numbers, prefixes and year.
Again, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.
The table below shows the Fender serial numbers as they were used from 1950 to 1964.