more durable than tweed. Right: The top row of knobs are ABS, the bottom row are "bakelite" (polystyrene). Tuners 1950-late 1951: Fender used "single line" Kluson tuners, that had "Kluson Deluxe" stamped in a single vertical row (like 1956 and later Klusons these are easily identified as "early" Klusons (and not 1956 and later Klusons) because "PAT appld" is also stamped below the. Now the corners were more square, instead of being round. See below for more info. Click here to see the different Fender tuners used from 1952 to the 1970s. Note reissue Strats also use these shields. From mid-1953 to mid-1954, this case changed to the "poodle" case. Pend." on the bottom of the tip.
Greg was passionate about Fender amps and his knowledge, insight and humor will be missed very much. Some things are very obvious such as non-original or reconed speakers, non-original transformers, replaced pots, re-tweed, re-tolex, re-grill, etc. All tips about 1952 and later say "PAT. Mid-1959 to March 1962: Penciled by hand below the truss rod adjustment at the butt end of the neck in M-YY format. Note some models (such as the Jazzmaster and Jaquar) the use of Kluson tuners ended in mid 1966 (see below). A 1962 Jaquar in the rare, top-of-the line molded form-fit case. Hence it is probably a batch or lot number. By the end of 1965, the general look and feel of the Fender guitars had changed significantly.
It should be clearly stated that Fender serial numbers ARE NOT definitively chronological. In 1963 to early 1964, the exterior again changed on Fender cases. Precision Bass, 1951 to 1968. Here is a picture of 1960s to 1974 CTS pots, compared to 1974 and later CTS pots. Still "no line" style casing (had no brand name stamped in the tuner back). The fiberous material was added to the bakelite to add strength (bakelite is too brittle and would crack at that thickness without it). Telecaster - Esquire - Broadcaster - No-caster.
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