Dating late 1970 fender stratocasters
Finally, a word of caution: This method applies only to American made pots and not all potentiometer manufacturers subscribed to the EIA source code date.If the code does not fit the above criteria, don’t force it and skew your dating results.The '*' represents a middle digit that is either an 'X', a '-' or something that resembles a '1/2' or '1/4' fraction.
In January 1965, it was announced that the broadcasting and entertainment conglomerate CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) would acquire the guitar maker's entire manufacturing and sales operation for a purchase price of just over ,000,000.
For years, serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.
Serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.
I won’t get into the pros and cons of 1970s Fenders here, but instead, I hope to shed some new light on those weirdo neck codes.
The new code consisted of 6, 7 or 8 digits and was usually stamped in green ink.