While dating your electric guitar or acoustic guitar can be tricky, the places listed below should give you an idea of the date for your vintage guitar through its serial number.
Rather than just replacing the previous models with different ones, Fender have completely and comprehensively re-imagined the entire vintage-reissue concept-restoring original tooling dies, voicing new pickups, reformulating vintage colors and more-based on actual vintage guitars.Apparently Yamaha serials are the most difficult to pinpoint. Yamaha serials are even more convoluted than the Squier or Ibanez serial schemes.- As a last resort when you can't find a reliable date from the instrument serial or super reliable neck codes you can resort to dating the pots. Also if you have the guitar manufacture date you can see if it has original pots. Pot code dating will tell you when the pot was made, so the instrument most likely is not older than the pot, unless the pot was changed out for an older pot. Most often all pots in an instrument have the same code.Email us and we'll pass along your request to the manufacturer. - I personally cooked up this four-page printable WORD document applicable to practically all Fender guitars and basses ever produced from day 1 in the back room of Leo Fender's radio shop up till this very moment. The Field Guide includes ALL serials from 1950 to 2011! "THE BROTHER DAVE POT CODE DECODER RING" allows you to date any USA made pot with just a mere GLANCE! General specifications, serial numbers, neck codes, Fender vintage guitar case logos. I refer to his NECK CODE and POT CODE pages frequently.- If you suspect an instrument has been modified to hide the true country of origin but you have the original serial number, then the country code reveals where it was made. Com site addendum page.- Often Ibanez instruments are very difficult to date, but this tool seems to be an excellent dating method.If the guitar has been altered, it can depreciate the value of the guitar tremendously.