In 1971, Fender changed the model to use Humbucking pickups, a "bullet" truss rod (adjusts at peg head), and the peg head decal was changed to read "Fender Telecaster Thinline".
The original Telecaster Thinline was reissued by Fender of Japan in the early 1990’s.
Starting in the summer of 1951, Fender adopted the name "Telecaster" for this model, and started using new decals after all the old clipped decals were used.
All Telecasters basically have the same features: single cutaway slab body, 2 chrome knobs, 3 position toggle switch, 3 paired adjustable bridge saddles, strings anchor thru body (except in late 1958 to 1959).
Period specific details are as follows: Serial number on neck plate. White single layer vinyl pick-guard replaces black pick-guard.
You may compare these with your own speakers to determine what you have.
I helped a buddy clean out his great uncles home and for payment I received a Fender Electric Mandolin "Mandocaster" and I need help dating it.
Therefore, there are many considerations regarding dating your Telecaster but what follows is a comprehensive general guide and a table of dates and the features and specifications which identify that period in the lines history.