Dating fender strat serial number
Also a thin aluminum shield the size of the pickguard is installed underneath the pickguard.Peghead decal logo now has 2 patent numbers (2,573,254 & 2,741,146) Peghead decal logo now has 3 patent numbers (2,960,900 added) Veneer Rosewood fingerboard.
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.
Peghead decal logo now has 5 patent numbers (2,817,261 added).
Peghead decal has 3 patent numbers (2,741,146 & 3,143,028 & DES 169,062).
Bottom of fingerboard (part glued to maple) is arched. This transitions in with the smaller side dots becoming pearl after the larger 1/4" top dots become pearl.
Gold Fender peghead decal thicker than previous "spaghetti" logo. Plastic white three layer pickguard replaces celluloid. Maple fingerboard optional (2 piece neck, no "skunk stripe").