(If you are not comfortable performing this operation, please use an experienced professional guitar tech in your area).

The serial numbers do not immediately reflect the change, as CBS continued to make instruments using existing, tooling, parts, and serial number schemes.

The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1965 to 1976.

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But once again, due to the modular nature of Fender's production methods, and the fact that most serial numbers schemes are not sequential and usually overlap from between 2 to 4 years, (from the early days of Fender, through to the mid 1980s), dating by the serial number is not an exact science.

The following chart details the Fender serial number schemes used from 1950 to 1964.

Fender’s second electric guitar model patiently bided its time through ’50s rock ‘n’ roll, early ’60s surf and instrumental rock, and the British Invasion, enjoying some notable moments but never really taking off as its creators had hoped it would.

It did eventually happen, but it sure took a long time.

These books are the same resources we refer to here at Fender, when trying to research answers to these same history and dating questions.

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.

Earlier this year I decided to buy a late 1970’s Fender Telecaster but ended up with three identical 1978-79 Fender Telecasters.

The first 1978 Fender Telecaster was bought from a music store in Italy and served me really well during the summer but then I found this 1978-79 Fender Telecaster from Andy’s Really Great Guitars in Worcestershire, UK that I just couldn’t resist.

If you have serious interest in learning about the history of Fender instruments, or if you just want to try to establish the year of production of your own axe, we would highly recommend that you pick up one or more of the following books.