But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.
Fender's production methods from the early fifties had the effect the numbers may not be consecutive.
The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
By '85/'86 the headstocks on the Fender copies are not exact replicas of a Fender headstock.
The following is a complete list of the articles I have written to date.
"Jazzmaster Morphology: Late 1960s Orphans." 20th Century Guitar Magazine, April 1996, pp.
"G&L Basses." 20th Century Guitar Magazine, September 1996, pp 22 - 24.
Fender ceased production of 5B6 Bassman amplifiers during the spring of 1954.
During November 1954, Fender introduced the newly designed 5D6 Bassman amplifier offering four ten inch speakers and was designed utilizing two rectifier tubes.
"Tampa Red's 1928 National Style 4." 20th Century Guitar Magazine, October 1996, pp 20 - 21.
"Showdown: Kay Jazz II vs Fender Coronado II." 20th Century Guitar Magazine, October 1996, pp 30 - 31.