Dating fender bullet guitars by headstock

It did eventually happen, but it sure took a long time.

The Stratocaster finally achieved top-tier status in the late 1960s, largely thanks to the meteoric ascent of Jimi Hendrix, whose preference for the instrument led legions of established and up-and-coming guitarists to finally “discover” the Stratocaster.

The Fender Bullet series, which this last one was, was only made in the early 1980's, and the mass-production of those lesser-quality models didn't take into account later concerns regarding older serial numbers.

On later Fender JV models, the "MADE IN JAPAN" can be found on the heel of the guitar neck, just above the metal neck plate.

All Fender JV models had the serial numbers engraved into either the neck plate or bridge.

Does it have 'bullet' emblazoned anywhere on the headstock? Please provide the entire serial number and tell us what condition it is in; 98%, 95%, 90%, 80%, 70%, etc to get a valid value. The confounding part is that serial number; It doesn't match an early 1980's Fender, it correlates to a 1965 Fender.

The serial number you offered would indicate that you are holding a 1965 Fender, in which case it could be quite valuable. Are you sure you have the serial number just right?

So, you can't afford that '54 Strat, or that '64, or even that '74 for that matter.

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