Dating fender telecaster bass
On some of the early Stratocaster’s it was stamped on the back of the Vibrato Cover Plate.The Bridge Plate between the Pickup and the Saddles can also have Serial Numbers on some Telecaster’s.
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.
The early series are the most popular for collectors.
Twenty original jumbo frets, black dot position markers and small black dot side-markers.
The neck is stamped "23 MAY 68 C." Single circular string tree.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.