Dating vintage fender
In the red knob photo you can see a triangle shaped piece of wood supporting the nameplate (where to screw the plate), and that's missing in mine.That indicates that somebody has taken the front cloth and the frame off.
I studied the paint in the metal parts, they are factory made, ie. The final line contains a date code of two printed or handwritten letters denoting the amplifier's production date by year (the first letter) and month (the second letter). -Kai Yeah, I can't tell what that is supposed to be, no help there.I suspect that somebody most likely replaced the grill cloth with black and just didn't put the Fender nameplate back on and painted the chrome black.I am a painting contrator by trade and I could make that look like it came from the factory no problem.I also remember the headstock serial numbers on the original "Contemporary" line (the ones with the black headstocks), the "Contemporary Standard" line, and a few other miscellaneous MIJ models.That looks like one of the Contemporary Series of Strats built in Japan.and these changes are often disclosed and of a non-malicious nature.
Other things to look for include chasses placed in cabinets from a different year, “doctored” tube charts, non-original control plates (usually reproductions) on silverface amps, original transformer bell ends (they have correct date codes, of course) on non-original transformers, and non-original knobs (either repro or silverface knobs on blackface amps).unusual things can be found such as the empty “Pulse Adjust” hole on the rear of early ’60 brown amps, the “middle” volume control, use of tweed style grill cloth, strange non-documented transitional circuits, and changes in tolex color including the super-rare cream colored “brown” tolex that is found on some late ’60 amps. Given that people may refer to this information seeking specific production quantities of amps they are curious about, it should be pointed out that the serial numbers apply to chassis types, and not specifically to amplifier models.
I suppose there is a chance it was shipped out that way but I have never seen one like yours.
I got mine from the Fender facility in Brea California brand new way back than.
The "Made in Japan" Fenders could have the serial number either place - it could be on the headstock or on the back of the neck above the heel.
From what I remember it was the "Standard" models that always had the serial number on the headstock - and the guitar in the OP's photos does appear to be an MIJ Standard.
hi all, noob here wanna ask something, i want to buy a used strat, and the seller told me that he has a fender stratocaster standart japan 1994-1995, here's the picture:what I want to ask is1. I also remember the headstock serial numbers on the original "Contemporary" line (the ones with the black headstocks), the "Contemporary Standard" line, and a few other miscellaneous MIJ models.