Dating fender power transformers
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.
Similarly, take a look at Behold the Jazzmaster for general timeline of the history of everyone's favorite offset guitar.
For Fender during the turning point era of the mid-'60s, check out Fender and the CBS Takeover.
Starting in 1976, Fender transitioned to a new serial number scheme and moved the placement of most serial numbers to the headstock of the instrument.
Depending on the era and model, the number can be found on either the front or back of the headstock.
Some browsing around the Fender section of the Price Guide can definitely help you find which model you have.
In this early period, the serial number can be found on the bridge of the instrument (see image).
Here are the rough serial number ranges for the early Esquires and Telecasters: By mid-1954, Fender began using a universal serial number sequence for all its instruments.
Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
This also means that various parts used on a particular guitar may have come from different points in time, so no single number can absolutely define when the instrument was built.Below we'll go into detail about the various serial number schemes employed by Fender as far back as 1950.