However, tubes are still used in several specialized applications such as guitar amplifiers (also called a valve amp outside the U.S.) and high power RF transmitters, as a display device in television sets and in microwave ovens.In March 1985, CBS sold Fender to a group of private investors.The serial numbers do not reflect this change - Fender continued to make instruments using existing serial number schemes.Walnut "skunk stripe" down back of neck where truss rod was installed.Single layer, white vinyl pickguard with 8 attachment screws. Each nickel plated saddle is stamped "Fender Pat Pend" (note reissue models are stamped "Fender Fender"). Spring 1957 Stratocaster : Vinyl plastic knobs and pickup covers replace "bakelite".
and Canadian English) or (thermionic) valve (outside North America) is a device generally used to amplify, or otherwise modify, a signal by controlling the movement of electrons in an evacuated space.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.A small aluminum shielding plate is installed underneath the pickguard that covers the control cavity. Also available without tremolo (known as a "hardtail" model). 1958 Stratocaster : Sunburst finish changed to three colors (red added).1959-1964 style Stratocaster Mid 1959 Statocaster : Slab Rosewood fingerboard with white "clay" position dots.