Dating telecaster guitar
At the Bismarck ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Kerry Keane, working the musical instruments table, looked over a Fender Stratocaster, the guitar model that Eric Clapton, the British rock and blues guitarist, described to him once as "the perfect rock 'n' roll machine." Kerry, who works at Christie's East in New York City, had a number of clues that the guitar was assembled in 1959, including a stamped serial number on the neck plate of the guitar."But the true way to really date the guitar," Kerry told the woman who brought in the instrument, "would be to pull the neck out and to read what might be either penciled or stamped here at the end of the finger board. With mass-produced items like Fender guitars, they're made of component parts.We are the largest independent builder of aged guitars and basses in the world.Our guitars replicate the look and feel of vintage pieces with updates that appeal to the modern player. I have decided to sell some amps and some guitars and keep a guitar or two and most of my amps.
(But don't worry, he's a professional.) After carefully separating the neck from the body, he found no pencil mark, suggesting this Fender was made in 1959.
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But, Other Person who seems to be quite knowledgable about Fender guitars told me that I have a 1982, not a 1978 Telecaster. If he is accurate and I am way-off-base wrong, then I have to rethink my decisions as which guitars to keep and which to sell.
I pulled my listing for my Telecaster off EBay as I thought I might keep it and get a perfect "sister" Telecaster as a backup.