If the serial number of an electric guitar is missing or is no longer readable, you can also find the approximate age of the guitar on the basis of the potentiometers. On the potentiometer is a code that gives information about the manufacturer and the year and week when it is made. Where to find the code Stamped or punched you can see a six- or seven-digit source code on the back or side of the potentiometer. With the potentiometer decoder you can decipher when and by which manufacturer it was made. The potentiometers pots on the guitar offer a possibility to date the age by their source code. Assuming that the pots are original and therefore have not been replaced.
Vintage Guitars Info - dating vintage guitars, amps by date source code
So you need to figure out the year of production for your Fender guitar or bass. You're not alone. Fenders rank as the most frequently bought and sold instruments on Reverb , and finding a precise date of manufacture can be key to determining the value and specifics of an instrument. The most important thing to keep in mind when dating a Fender is the highly modular nature of the designs. Like Henry Ford, part of Leo Fender's genius was in optimizing the company's production efficiency. His guitars were built en masse by an entire factory, not a single luthier toiling over one instrument at a time. Features like bolt-on necks and pickups wired into the pickguard all helped the Fender factory churn out guitar after guitar, day after day.
Discussion in ' Stratocaster Discussion Forum ' started by syncopa , Jul 29, Fender Stratocaster Guitar Forum. Messages: I know there are a million threads on this but I haven't found anything definitive on the web for CTS date codes.
Since I primarily collect amps by Fender, and guitars by Gibson, Fender, Martin, National, Epiphone, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, I really can't help them with these other less popular brands. As you have probably noticed, there is plenty of information here to help date the brands that I am interested in. But where does that leave everyone else? Well I'm not one to leave you out in the informational cold, so here's something that I use quite often in dating amplifiers and electric guitars. It's called the "source-date code", and it can help determine the approximate age of an electric instrument by the date its components were manufactured.