Dating 70's strats - date de construction des guitares Fender et N° de serie.


It is my understanding that sales of the Number One guitars worked like this: Fender sold them to their top dealers (in this case by a lottery system due to the high demand) who can resell them to customers (or not). All 100 of the guitars were sold at the 2004 NAMM convention to Fender dealers. For the Clapton 335, my understanding is that orders were taken on a specific date from Fender dealers on a first-come first-served basis. In both cases, the customers who were successful in getting a guitar were those who paid for them in advance.

WWYD Example: 0304 - Basically the same as the date portion of the nine digit neck stamp although in black ink. They seem to be found on the bottom of the neck heel, as well as in the neck pocket of the body, or even just stamped on the front under the pickguard on Natural finished guitars. In this case it stands for the 3rd week of 1980 and was a Thursday. Ignore all the "FRR" stamps you'll find on the neck base and in the neck pocket. They are believed to just be some kind of quality check stamps.


Dating 70's strats

Dating 70's strats