Dating mexican fender
It could just be a MIM tele with a 60th anniversary neck plate.Someone may be able to give you better info than myself. There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted. Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.You spot a '79 in a local shop, or online, but how can you be certain it is a '79?Some dealers simply go by the serial number, which you will discover can be far from accurate.According to Fender's product dating page, the serial number is in the proper format and that it was made between 20. We would need to see some pictures of the guitar to determine if it is a fake or not. And the Tele-bration series which also celebrate the 60th anniversary are also made in the USA.
SERIAL NUMBERS were stamped on the back vibrato cover plate on early ’50s Stratocaster® guitars, and on the bridge plate between the pickup and the saddles on some Telecaster® guitars.
So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, it cannot be a definitive reference.
Unlike the auto industry which has specific model years for their products, most specifications for a given Fender instrument model, change little if any, through the lifetime of the model.
Therefore, while helpful in determining a of PRODUCTION DATES, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.
Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model.