Dating guitars by pot codes
Some might go by the pot codes, but those could have been stock a year or more old by the time they were put into the newly finished guitar.
Or perhaps the guitar was even assembled by various parts picked up over the years and is being passed off as "All original".
From 1964-1968, the serial was ink-stamped onto a silver foil sticker that is found in the same place.
The following is a key for decoding the serial number, but keep in mind that the numbers are approximate.
- All vintage USA Big Muffs have source-date codes stamped on the underside of the potentiometer cans, or “pots”.
The pots are what the knobs are mounted to, essentally manually adjustable resisitors that control the voltage across a circuit.
Have you ever wondered if your Guitar Pedal is a vintage pedal?
Some guitar pedals actually increase in value over time and are very collectible.
Your last chance to own a vintage Fender Stratocaster is with the guitars of the late 1970's."N" prefix: 1935 "S" prefix: 1935-36 "A" prefix: 1936-37* "C" prefix: 1938-40* "G" prefix: 1941-42 "G" suffix: 1943-47 V100-V7500: 1947 V7500-V15000: 1948 V15000-V25000: 1949 V25000-V35000: 1950 V35000-V38000: 1951 X100-X7000: 1951 X7000-X17000: 1952 X17000-X30000: 1953 X30000-X43000: 1954 X43000-X57000: 1955 X57000-X71000: 1956 X71000-X85000: 1957 X85000-X99000: 1958 T100-T5000: 1958 T5000-T25000: 1959 T25000-T50000: 1960 T50000-T75000: 1961 T75000-T90000: 1962 T90000-T99000: 1963 G5000-G15000: 1963 G15000-G40000: 1964 Starting with "1-": 1964-68 Starting with "2-": 1968 *"A" and "C" prefixes also occur in some pre-1936 serials.However, some of these plates and many of these stickers have disappeared over time.My intent with this site is to educate those who are on the hunt for that last affordable vintage Fender Stratocaster.Have a read through and hopefully you will pickup a few things to better assert yourself in the late 70's Stratocasters buyer's market. M = Model or Manufacturer O = Operator N = Neck configuration W = Week Y = Year D = Day Neck Stamps: MMNN*WWYD Example: 0900*3893 - Found on the very end of the neck heel, if at all, in green or dark red ink.