Neck-dating can be useful in determining the was produced, rather than the complete instrument.Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year.Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.Serial numbers are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.
SERIAL NUMBERS are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.
A guitar neck could have been produced in 1956, then slapped onto a body in 1957 and if late enough in the year pickups may have been put in early 1958.
The best option for getting a close production date is to remove the neck from the body.
Dating a Fender Guitar by it’s Serial Number can be a little tricky.
In most cases you can only get a ball park range for your production date.