Dating a mexican fender telecaster

Regarding quailty, I have owned many of both these Japanese guitars and it is a fallacy that the than the Mexican made guitars and rival many of the USA models.

The JV and SQ guitars, as well as some of the E series, had USA parts (mostly pickups, switches, and potentiometers) that were shipped over to Japan to help speed up production while the new USA plant was being set up in Corona, California.

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The "Standard" label identifies them as the standard Fender offering of the Stratocaster "American Standard" will say "Made In U. A" right on the front of the headstock (although this may be found on the back of the headstock on certain non-Standard models).

The American Standard Stratocaster has a typical retail 'street price' of around $1000 new.

There may not always be a date there, and if the date on the neck does not correspond to the date calculated based on the serial number, that may simply mean that a neck dated, say, 1961 was used to make a 1962 guitar.

But if the date and serial number do correspond, that should give a collector some serious peace of mind.

There are so many different variants of the Stratocaster being produced by Fender (or Fender licensed entities) that it's nearly impossible for first time buyers to have any idea what the differences are or why there are so many in the first place. But I believe I've learned enough during my own experiences to be of some assistance and guidance to those just starting out in this endeavor.