Dating guitars by pot codes
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The model went through a series of changes through the years.Here's a few little tips to remember to help aid in dating those late 1970s and 1980s Stratocasters: Fender's three-way selector switch was updated to the Stratocaster's 5-way in 1977.
You can tell by the serial number, which started with DN9XXXXX and they also had a chrome Fender logo on the headstock.
) Each of these models are taken up on different pages on this website (just click on the names).
The Plus Series was a very good attempt to reclaim Fender USA's floundering reputation, as quality had drastically gone down hill under CBS's ownership. The Stratocaster was Leo Fender's second guitar design after the Telecaster around 1953, with actual production beginning in early 1954.
I have not yet managed to collect enough information on the later models carrying the Hiwatt brand and manufactured by Turntone or Sterling, e.g. The serial numbers of these newer models often fall within the ranges listed below, but these were manufactured in the mid-80s and later.
Turntone started the "L" series of amps in 1985 or so, and these have no manufacturers brand on the serial plate, but say "Made in England." Amps made by Sterling Imports were made in California, USA, and have that brand name on their serial plate.
While some were sold as a "Plus" they were sort of a hybrid have Fender's new Noiseless pickups, yet retaining the locking tuners, roller nut and American bridge.
These went on to be the American Deluxe Strat Series. (Why you are at it, check out my wild and crazy Custom Strat Plus guitars!(Last revised 11/2009) Units bearing the Sterling serial plate were manufactured by Sterling Imports at their Modesto, California facility in either late 1984 or 1985 (these serial numbers were not consistent).* Much of the original research was done by Dave Wild of Wild Guitars, UK.Note: The numbers below are for Hylight and Biacrown Hiwatt amplifiers only!Any serial number that begins with one or more letters was made in the 90s or later, and is not included in this list.All of these plates bear the marking Many of the units made from 1971 to 1984 that were wired by the crew at Harry Joyce Electronics were often times so marked on the chassis with a blue, black or red marking pen: Several units also had a small white tag affixed to the inside of the chassis which bore initials (or "T/S" for "Tested and Soaked") and a wiring date.