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.
Since 1987, the Fender Custom Shop has been building these incredible guitars with input from names such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Pete Townshend, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, just to name a few.
Their insight and suggestions, combined with the second to none craftsmanship of the team at the Fender Custom Shop, has led to the design of some of the most stunning and powerful guitars to ever grace the stage.
While Fender was not the first to manufacture electric guitars — luthiers and larger musical instrument manufacturers had produced electric guitars since the late 1920s — the popularity of Fender's instruments superseded what had come before.While dating your electric guitar or acoustic guitar can be tricky, the places listed below should give you an idea of the date for your vintage guitar through its serial number.There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.While there have been periods of dramatic change—such as the transition periods between the Leo Fender years and the CBS years or the transition between the CBS years and the current ownership—most models are generally feature-specific and do not change from year to year.Serial numbers are also helpful in determining an instrument’s production year.