Brown leather ends stayed the same

Dating fender bass

Notice the small metal shielding plate around the pots, and the white single layer pickguard. Also shown is the difference between reissue and original slab board necks. However, the interpretation of the two date code systems appears to be relatively straight forward and the conclusions were confirmed by pickup dates and pot dates in most cases. Esquires, Broadcasters, Telecasters to number on bridgeplate.

Second, my data set for making conclusions is relatively small and therefore, subject to change as new information surfaces. This allowed Fender to be less picky with their choice of Alder, because the sunburst is less transparent. Tuner buttons were chrome plated plastic. All models used Alder as the body wood. This meant Fender only had to spray two colors red and brown instead of three.

Second my data set forThis allowed Fender

Some Mexican made models use Poplar bodies. They weren't managing the numbers in any way. Fender also made available Custom Color finishes. Basically there was a big bin of serial number plates, and the installers grabbed one, and screwed it to the guitar.

Note early Strat knobs have a different and taller shape than late and later knobs. Shown below is a three patent number switch and brown center wheel. In very late all models changed to pearl dot position markers.