Guitar - General/Fender Telecaster
Hello. I wonder if you can answer a date code question on my Fender Telecaster. I believe it is a 1982. on the inside of the back of the neck there is a paper label with a bunch of initials and a stamped 4 1 820 . Then on the wood there is a faint stamp 033082 . Is this a 1982 Tele? I have attached pics. Oh, the SN is not legible up on the front of the neck.
Thank you for your time.
Without seeing the guitar in the flesh, I can only make assumptions, you don't mention any other info.
I am always skeptical concerning any guitar when a serial has been worn away, I would have to make the judgement as to whether I thought it had been worn away purposely or just by wear - always very difficult !
Necks & bodies can be swapped on Fenders, so without knowing any history, I can't make a firm judgement. I am not suggesting your guitar is a fake or a parts guitar, but there are lots of questions that would have to be asked concerning provenance ie; if you were the first owner & where you bought it, or if you know any other history etc etc etc.
Another concern would be that most Fenders from that era have a neck date stamp on the end of the heel, you do not mention that, so I assume that it is not there.
At face value the guitar could be anything from 77 to 82, that type of decal was used during that period, the S is still visible being the prefix to the serial number & could be S7 or S8 & they date to 1977 to 1978 or S9 which dates 78 to 82.
Dating a Fender guitar from the decal alone is never a good idea as the decals cross lots of years, the pickups may have dates & the pots if they are original will definitely have dates, so if you can date the pots etc & you know they are original, you can get a better idea of the year.
The stamps on your guitar seem to point to 1982, I have several 80's Fenders, one of them has 82 pot dates & 82 stamps in the neck cavity, but has an 83 neck date, I know its history & therefore able to confirm that the neck was the last thing to be assembled & that its an 83.
Please bear in mind that the pots were purchased in bulk & earlier date pots can be seen on later guitars, 1966 was a good example, 66 pots can be found on Fender guitars to the early 70's, because Fender bought a ship load of pots in 66.
You can google dating Fender pots & should find lots of info.
I hope this helps ? If you can supply more info I can help a bit more, let me know if you do want more help.