Dating telecaster guitar
These dates also appear in a number of other resource books which I list below.
Please note I have found a number of errors in published works that conflict with information I have received direct from luthiers.
On a number of brands such as Fender and Standel a date is written either on the base of the neck or on the guitar body where the neck joins.
Removing the neck should not be undertaken lightly and if the neck is not a bolt on - then please don't try this at home.
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In the most straightforward of cases the luthier will write his/her name, the date of manufacture and even who the guitar was made for on a label smack in the middle of the sound hole like this: Now we start getting into more serious surgery.
Sometimes knowing the model number/name will narrow down the year range for your guitar.
Not all serial numbers have published information about decoding them and unfortunately some manufacturers have not kept records or aren't around any more to ask.
Some instruments are easy to date simply because historical records indicate that the manufacturer or brand was only made for a limited period.