Dating a fender guitar serial number
There are other ways but the above is a more accurate method.
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Typically the serial number is penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
Neck dating can be useful in finding the approximate age of your guitar.
No one likes it when you forget their birthday and neither does your Fender. For most of Fender’s production history they have applied serial numbers and production dates that can help you determine their production date (within a few years’ margin, at least).
Determining the date can also be important from a collector’s perspective, since the pre-1966 vintage Fender guitars are generally considered the most valuable.
To do that you will need to remove the neck from the guitar or at least loosen it enough so the date can be seen.
Neither the date nor the value can be determined from the serial number.
The serial number decals come neatly in the box in sequential order The box is opened and the girl takes out a handful of decals for the work in front of her.Carry this on five or six times a day and by the end of the first week you have a couple years worth of serial numbers mixed at random BUT its unimportant because as with any and most large companies the exact number is meaningless because its simply an inventory tracking and warranty registering tool and what number it is doesnt matter Scott Fretboard, rosewood or maple? *One correction to make: I believe the first model had a slab body (i.e., non-countoured), until it was updated in 1958. A picture of the butt end of the neck would be helpful. the pick-guard is 3 layers, black/white/black and is plastic.(Or was the contoured body first introduced with the mid-1959 model update? the tuners say kluson delux, they look original, instrument is in really good shape. The headstock has a big Fender logo with a patent number.For more information, please visit this site: Fender Support kcbuck So...
Another method of dating a tweed Fender Champ is by serial number.
Champion 800 (green tweed)* 01 to 1000 – 1948-49 Champion 600 5B1 (two tone) 01 to 1300 – 1948-49 1300 to 1700 – 1950 1700 to 5000 – 1951-52 5000 to 5500 – 1953 Champ 5C1, 5D1 (tweed) 5500 to 6600 – 1953 6600 to 8000 – 1954 8000 to 9999 – 1955 Champ 5E1, 5F1 (tweed) C00001 to C00800 – 1955 C00800 to C03100 – 1956 C03100 to C06000 – 1957 C06000 to C08800 – 1958 C08800 to C12500 – 1959 C12500 to C15500 – 1960 C15500 to C16800 – 1961 C17000 to C19000 – 1962 C19000 to C21000 – 1963 C21000 to C23000 – 1964 So we can see that a serial number of C 09556 is pretty close to the lower end for serial numbers for 1959 5F1 tweed Fender Champs.