Dating telecaster guitar
The EIA assigns each manufacturer a three-digit code (there are some with one, two or four digits).When dating an instrument by the ‘pot code,’ keep two things in mind: The potentiometers must be original to the piece (new solder, or a date code that is off by ten or more years is a good giveaway to spot replacement pots); and the pot code only indicates when the potentiometer was manufactured!Also overlap of serial numbers and dates come with regularity.Where to find the serial number The serial numbers on the guitar are provided through the years on various places.Some of the patent prints aren't the earliest design, but may be a common variation or had the coolest drawing.Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.If the code does not fit the above criteria, don’t force it and skew your dating results.Some things become so common, it's easy to forget there was a time before they existed. I love these prints: They're minimalist in design and work in any room with almost any kind of frame.
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If the pot is an original, it indicates a date before which the guitar could not have been built – so it’s always a good idea to have extra reference material around.