This means two things for the owner of a 1969-80 Fender.

First, the chances of having an intact stamped code is about 50-50.

In 1969, CBS-Fender began to implement a new type of neck stamp in place of the usual date stamp consisting of model code, month, year, neck width (e.g.

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or about the silver-foil lining differences from 1978 to 1982? ============== My tone pot reads "R1378131" = 1981/31st week? He was always getting the latest parts and pieces and tinkering and I remember him working with my Strat, not sure about my Telecaster, though, as I mostly played the Stratocaster during the 1970s & early 1980s. 1978 is known for being the lousiest year of all the bad years in the 70's in Fender guitar production - even it's worth to be aware that there were absolutely greatly build Fenders in the 70's as well as some very bad ones from all years in the 60's.

I must say that Other Person is NOT right when talking about Fender serial numbering. Most guitars from 1978 will have S8 five digits - but some from 1978 will also have S7 five digits and S9 five digits (Source: Guitar Identification by A.

Now that these instruments are hitting the "magical" 25-year mark, they have suddenly gained attention.

I won’t get into the pros and cons of 1970s Fenders here, but instead, I hope to shed some new light on those weirdo neck codes.

But, Other Person who seems to be quite knowledgable about Fender guitars told me that I have a 1982, not a 1978 Telecaster. If he is accurate and I am way-off-base wrong, then I have to rethink my decisions as which guitars to keep and which to sell.

I pulled my listing for my Telecaster off EBay as I thought I might keep it and get a perfect "sister" Telecaster as a backup.Is there any reference material that state 1978 neck-butt date codes read differently than 1982 neck-butt date codes? Other Person says this is a 1982 production feature and in 1978 Fender did not use silver-foil under the pick-guard.Other Person states that in 1978 the white Fender lable was put under the pick-guard. Toppscore ============= The neck headstock decal serial number states S853090 = 1977/1978. But, I stored all my guitars and amps from 1983 till 2011 and it turns out I am real foggy, memory wise as to dates Thanks for any help or ideas you can offer.Other Person states that S8xxxxx SN#s are for 1977-1982.