Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency.His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time.Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
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Some things are very obvious such as non-original or reconed speakers, non-original transformers, replaced pots, re-tweed, re-tolex, re-grill, etc.
Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number.
Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components.This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out.and these changes are often disclosed and of a non-malicious nature.Other things to look for include chasses placed in cabinets from a different year, “doctored” tube charts, non-original control plates (usually reproductions) on silverface amps, original transformer bell ends (they have correct date codes, of course) on non-original transformers, and non-original knobs (either repro or silverface knobs on blackface amps).unusual things can be found such as the empty “Pulse Adjust” hole on the rear of early ’60 brown amps, the “middle” volume control, use of tweed style grill cloth, strange non-documented transitional circuits, and changes in tolex color including the super-rare cream colored “brown” tolex that is found on some late ’60 amps.So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb, and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument.The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs.