Mexican fender guitar dating

A picture is worth a thousand words, a sample is worth a million.I gave my wife that reasoning so I could begin collecting guitars!These days, Fender puts the serial number on 60's and 70's reissues (Mexican) on the rear of the head and engraves the neck plate once again on American reissues.Body styles have remained fairly constant although in the late 1960's either because of the amount of handwork involved or simple aging of the tooling, the Strat and Tele both got a bit dumpy.Many old Fenders, pre three bolt, will have small shims placed within the neck pocket to adjust a bit if angle into the neck joint.Fender addressed this by making the neck angle adjustable.

The problem wasn't in the idea, it was in the execution.This guy seems to be the man when it comes to this info. Note the 'flame' or 'teardrop' of walnut on the headstock.This leads me to a crucial, though misunderstood topic of Fender construction.Rather than go back to the skunk stripe and one piece neck, they took their production rosewood necks and merely added a maple board rather than a rosewood one.This gave us a neck with no skunk stripe, no teardrop, great stability, and if you look closely you can see the separate board. Tele's have always looked strange and definitely funky to me.The contouring was not as crisp and deep, the bodies felt clumsy.

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