Dating fender guitars. Many guitars had no stamped codes at all.
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Also notice the squared off corner pickup routes.
Canada and Europe are perfect examples of this.
If Fender used the coding system as early asthen we should see more and guitars surfacing with the green stamped code.
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This era is known as a "transition" because later summer to December was the time when there was a transition from the Leo Fender management to CBS management, and mass-production manufacturing techniques were starting creampie pictures redhead take a firm hold.
For Mexican Fenders made in the s, the serial will start with an MN followed by a number that indicates the year of the decade.
The "transistion" era late summer to December are the least collectible of the pre-CBS models.