Dating telecaster pickups

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Dating a Fender Guitar by it’s Serial Number can be a little tricky.

10/24/2008Note: it mentions that hot-rod amps built 2002 and later no longer have a date stamp in the amp.

It probably also says "Made in Mexico" somewhere in or on the amp, which also indicates it is one of the newer re-issue amps.

Parts may have been produced in one year and left in a bin until they were ready to be paired with a body.

A guitar neck could have been produced in 1956, then slapped onto a body in 1957 and if late enough in the year pickups may have been put in early 1958.

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