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3,143,028 the patent granted in August 1964 for Fender's adjustable neck construction. (Used since 1957 to the Precision Bass) The DES is the serial number. The serial number for these three models can be found at the bridge plate and is used until about early 1954. Until 1955, the serial number is applied to the bridge plate.
Fender then switched to a serial numbering on the neck plate for all models. Although Fender had already switched in 1954 serialized for all models on the neck plate, is the serial number at some Precison's still affixed to the bridge plate.
At the Stratocasters from the early fifties the serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover.
On some Telecasters at the bridge between the pickup and the saddles.
The only way to try to figure out the date is to remove the neck from the body and check the butt end of the heel of the neck.
If the date is unreadable, it can also be written on the body under the pickguard or cavity form the pickups.
Whether it is an original model or a vintage (also the old logos are used again) depends on your own estimation of the age of the guitar. The original logo, also called "spaghetti logo", the transition logo and the CBS era logo.
The spaghetti logo was used in the 1950s and is so named for its thin silver-colored letter with a thin black line.
The serial numbers in principle chronological, but as already mentioned, as a result of Fender's production, there are a several serial numbers that overlap.Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.In 1990, the N came as a prefix to the numbers, which stands for the nineties.The numbers and decals are produced far in advance.