For years, serial numbers have been used in various locations on Fender instruments, such as the top of the neck plate, the front or back of the headstock and the back of the neck near the junction with the body.Serial numbers were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.And at .95, this book could pay for itself in one deal!
A four decade tenure in the guitar-making world has given me a pretty good overview of things.
As a guitar tech and musician I’ve recorded dozens of times in real studios and played live hundreds of times.
Additionally, over 155,000 Parker serial numbers are listed, and include such invaluable information as grade, gauge, stock configuration, barrel length, and possible special orders per serial number.
Finally, the original configuration on most Parker shotguns can be verified.
The guitar’s combination of traditional magnetic pickups and piezo-electrics in the bridge allowed players to achieve both electric and impressive acoustic tones.
Perhaps most significant to the guitar’s design is the almost complete absence of a neck heel to permit greater ease of access to the uppermost frets.While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.Serial numbers are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses, although there were periods when this was not consistently done (1973 to 1981, for example) or simply omitted. instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.In this video, he sets his sights on one of the more unusual production guitars ever made: the Parker Fly.