Dating stratocaster body
The table below shows the serial numbers as they were used from 1965 to 1976.
January 1965 Fender was acquired by CBS Corporation.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.2,968,204 for the single coil pickup patent awarded in 1961 under other for Jaguar, Stratocaster, Duosonic.3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.
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