Start Dating fender bullet guitars by headstock

Dating fender bullet guitars by headstock

Serial numbers may be useful in determining the year of production of a guitar.

I would not even think of buying a budget instrument made overseas. With only $100 to spend, I told myself I wasn’t exactly slumming, just going to the guitar store to buy an electric guitar I could leave on the couch, take to the park or bring on the bus to jams without worrying about it getting banged up or stolen.

Usually, the production date is stamped or written is on the heel of the neck.

To read this it is necessary to unscrew the neck from the body.

That gave me my first two surprises: my favorite of the bunch was not only extremely lightweight; it also had a nice neck. That surprise was even bigger: Each position on the five-way switch instantly recalled the familiar sounds I like about really good Strats. Not in a bottom-of-the-line guitar that had been mass-produced in Indonesia. But now that I didn’t care about the name on the headstock, I was judging based on how I wanted to use the guitar and what I wanted to hear from it.