How To Date A Fender Stringmaster Guitar

If you are a guitarist who enjoys playing Fender vintage guitars, you need to know how to date a Fender Stringmaster guitar. Dating an instrument can be a difficult process in that it changes between brands and styles of guitars! If you’re still rearing to learn this somewhat difficult process, read on to learn how to date a Fender Stringmaster guitar.

What you’ll need:

  • Pen and paper
  • Fender Stringmaster guitar
  1. Start by finding the serial number on the guitar. The serial numbers for the Fender Stringmasters are located on either the neckplate or below the bridge by the volume and tone adjustment switches. Fender put the serial numbers on guitars that were made between 1954 and 1976 on the neckplate, so this will give you a general idea of the date of your Fender Stringmaster.

  2. Write down the serial number you just located. This will make it much easier to look at the number without having to keep going back to the guitar and rechecking it.

  3. Compare the number to this chart found originally on Guitar Files' website.

  0001 to 6000 = 1954

  6000 to 9000 = 1955

  9000 to 16000 = 1956

  16000 to 25000 = 1957 *some serial numbers started with a “–“ or a “0”

  25000 to 30000 = 1958 *some serial numbers started with a “–“ or a “0”

  30000 to 40000 = 1959

  40000 to 58000 = 1960

  55000 to 72000 = 1961

  72000 to 93000 = 1962

  93000 to 99999 = Late 1962 to mid 1963 *overlaps with first in L series

  L00001 to L20000 = late 1962 to late 1963 *overlaps with last in digit series

  L20000 to L55000 = 1964

  L55000 to L99999 = 1965

  100000 to 110000 = late 1965

  110000 to 200000 = 1966

  180000 to 210000 = 1967

  210000 to 250000 = 1968

  250000 to 280000 = 1969

  280000 to 300000 = 1970

  300000 to 330000 = 1971

  330000 to 370000 = 1972

  370000 to 520000 = 1973

  500000 to 580000 = 1974

  580000 to 690000 = 1975

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